John Knox : the hero of the Scottish Reformation . l and ecclesi-astical considerations, he had probably by thistime discerned Darnleys overbearing charac-ter and his unfitness for the position of royalConsort.1 Maitland, more cautious, endeavouredto persuade the Queen to make no haste in thematter. 2 But Mary had resolved to set per-sonal before political considerations. By thistime, moreover, the influence of David Rizzio,her private secretary, superseded that of formercounsellors; and Rizzio warmly espoused thecause of the man who afterwards became hisassassin. A convention of the Scottish
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