from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Rizzio, David 1533?-1566. Italian musician and secretary to Mary Queen of Scots. His closeness to the queen prompted the jealous Lord Darnley and other Scottish noblemen to murder him.


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  • Her private secretary David Rizzio was murdered in her personal rooms by a group led by her husband Lord Darnley, who believed she was having an affair with Rizzio.

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  • Perhaps this was because of the drama my father made over the bloodstained floorboards where Rizzio was left after being stabbed by Darnley.

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  • George Douglas, who stabbed Rizzio, was the postulate for the temporal possessions of the rich abbey of

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • The universal tradition bears that, when Rizzio was dragged out of the chamber of the Queen, the heat and fury of the assassins, who struggled which should deal him most wounds, despatched him at the door of the anteroom.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • The royalty of Francis, the wit of Chastelar, the power and gallantry of the gay Gordon, the melody of Rizzio, the portly form and youthful grace of Darnley, the bold address and courtly manners of Bothwell — and now the deep-devoted passion of the noble Douglas — nought could save them! — they looked on the wretched Mary, and to have loved her was crime enough to deserve early death!

    The Abbot

  • It may become you to remember that the death of the minion, Rizzio, cost the house of Ruthven its head and leader.

    The Abbot

  • Lindesay, Ruthven, and your kinsman Morton, poniarded Rizzio, and yet you now see no blood on their embroidery — the Lord Semple stabbed the Lord of

    The Abbot

  • Ruthven who was prime agent in the murder of Rizzio; and little mercy was to be expected from his conjunction with Lindesay.

    The Abbot

  • Bothwell had such power over her that he induced her even to pardon the assassins of Rizzio.

    A Child's History of England

  • He hated Rizzio to that extent, that he made a compact with LORD RUTHVEN and three other lords to get rid of him by murder.

    A Child's History of England


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