"where the Queen had played cards with Rizzio"
'The Murder of David Rizzio' (1833)
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 David Rizzio (1533-1566), sometimes known as David Riccio or Rizzo, was Mary's private secretary.

He was murdered on March 9, 1566 at the Palace of Holyrood in front of the pregnant Queen Mary. Lord Darnley, who believed that Mary and Rizzio were having an affair, is believed to have instigated the murder.


Palace of Holyroodhouse
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