By Douglas Skelton
Most killers are males. yet by no means flip your again on a lady. homicide, insanity and maliciousness abound during this hangman's dozen of she-devils. Culled from over years of bloody background via crime author and journalist Douglas Skelton, those pages discover the mad, the undesirable and the damaging to understand.
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Extra resources for Deadlier Than the Male. Scotland's Most Wicked Women
Mary of Guise found herself retreating, ultimately finding refuge in Dunbar Castle – where her daughter would more than once seek protection during her dark days. On the arrival of French reinforcements, the queen mother was able to reach out and smite the rebels a terrible blow. The Lords appealed to England and the young Queen Elizabeth who had succeeded to the throne on the death of her half-sister Mary. An army was duly dispatched north and besieged the French force in newly fortified Leith.
From there, she was to set sail for a new life in France. It was 7 August 1548 and she would not return for another thirteen years. By that time, she would already be a widow and she would be able to speak French better than she could speak either Scots or English. She would also have changed the spelling of her surname from Stewart to the more Franco-friendly Stuart. The turbulence of Scottish history continued to bump and grind in her absence. Henry VIII ranted and raved south of the Border but brought his ferocious courtship to a halt in 1549.
And then there was her unborn child to consider. Darnley had proved willing to risk a miscarriage both during the Rizzio murder and the subsequent wild ride to Dunbar, when he had parried her objections over the effect it could have on the child in her womb with the statement that, if she miscarried, they could have more. He had been badly frightened then and desperate to get away from the men who had so recently been his co-conspirators. What were his plans for that child now? These are questions she would have pondered as she went into confinement in Edinburgh Castle.
Deadlier Than the Male. Scotland's Most Wicked Women by Douglas Skelton