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 heritage via crime author and journalist Douglas Skelton, those pages discover the mad, the undesirable and the harmful to understand.
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Happy reading. Douglas Skelton 1 DEAD OF WINTER Queen Joan, 1437 The old woman stood before them, her head covered in a shawl, cold fingers of wind reaching out from the choppy waters of the Forth and tugging at her threadbare clothes. Normally, the king and his beautiful queen would not have given the crone a second glance but her words had stopped them before they boarded the boat to ferry them across the river to the north bank. Those words carried a warning, a dire prophecy of impending doom if they chose to spend Christmas 1436 in the Blackfriars Monastery at St Johnstoun, as Perth was known then.
Mary's Stuart blood would not allow her to forgive her husband's treachery or let a continuing threat to the safety of her royal line go unchecked. Divorce was not an option, thanks to her religion, while an annulment may have cast doubt on the legitimacy of her son's birth. Some other means had to be found to counter the threat posed by the queen's preening puppy of a husband. Whether Darnley knew it or not, he was not long for this earth. Apologists for Mary say she had no knowledge of the plot supposedly hatched by Bothwell, Huntly and others.
When James V died, Scotland was, once again, a prize to be fought over by ambitious nobles who, if they could not have the actual throne, could at least have the regency. In one corner stood the Earl of Arran, who favoured closer ties with the hated English and who embraced the new Protestant religion. In the other was the Archbishop of St Andrews, David Beaton, a staunch defender of Scotland's ancient alliance with France and an adherent to the Church of Rome. In the middle were the infant queen and her strong-willed French mother.