Editor says, what if Mary hadn't plotted against Elizabeth? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Rizzio hid behind Mary's skirts. The queen attempted to defend him, but she was forced at gunpoint to give him up and dismiss the attention roused from Edinburgh. Rizzio was stabbed more than fifty times in front of the pregnant queen, who fell into a stupor that some hoped would kill her out of shock. She recovered to escape and raise armies in a tumultuous rule that would caused her to flee to protection and then imprisonment under Elizabeth, who had her executed because of the Ridolfi Plot in 1570. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.