The murder of David Rizzio on March 9, 1566 was, quite possibly, the most dramatic moment in Scottish history.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Born in 1533 just outside of Turin, Italy, David Rizzio was a good musician and an excellent singer. An expert musician herself, Mary, Queen of Scots, also happened to be looking for a bass to sing in a quarter of French singers. After only two performances for the queen, Mary liked him so much that she offered him a job as a gentleman of the privy chamber. While some in the Scottish court found Rizzio to be an ugly little man, some found him quite affable. With his expensive taste in clothing coupled with an