David Rizzio – his Murder and Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh

Paula was interested in finding out more about David Rizzio who was murdered in front of Mary, Queen of Scots in her private chambers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Click the interesting link above. David Rizzio was Mary’s private secretary and also a musician, and Mary’s husband was jealous of his relationship with the queen. You can see the rooms here.

You can see an image of Sir William Allan’s painting of the scene here.

But on to something more pleasant. Here are a couple of photos I took of the gardens at the palace.

Palace of Holyroodhouse Gardens, EdinburghGardens Holyrood 2

Looking at these photos it is hard to believe that you’re in the middle of a city, albeit a small one. Below you can see what is left of some of the old abbey buildings dating from 1128 when King David I founded the abbey.These ruins are right next to the palace.

Gardens Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Although there are more substantial ruins as you can see from the photo below. You can read about the abbey here.

Holyrood Abbey, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland

4 thoughts on “David Rizzio – his Murder and Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh

  1. This information about the murder of David Rizzio is very interesting. I never knew any of this but I just saw a review of Denise Mina’s novella, Rizzio, about his death. I have got to read more about that period. I just don’t have time to read everything I want to.

    The grounds at the palace are beautiful.

    • tracybham,
      There are just too many books that we want to read! I hope to get around to the Denise Mina book too although I’ve not been too impressed with her crime fiction as she isn’t able to portray the atmosphere of Glasgow – where I was born.

  2. Thanks, Katrina. What a fascinating story…makes me want to read more about the family and events that happened. It’s always interesting to me to realize that people who lived in such positions of power also lived in great fear that bad things would happen to them as this story proves once again.

    When we visited the city several years ago, we climbed Arthur’s Seat and had a bit of a view of the palace.

    • Paula,
      I think that if I had lived in those days I would have stayed well away from any seat of power as it was just too dangerous!

      We thought we had climbed Arthur’s Seat a few years ago and later discovered it was Salisbury Crags. There were loads of people up there.

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