Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Death of Ridolfi

A portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots. By an unknown artist, circa 1575. Glasgow Art Gallery. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.

On this day in 1612, Roberto di Ridolfi died in Florence, Italy. Ridolfi, a banker, was the orchestrator of the Ridolfi Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I in 1571 and replace her with her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots.

You can read more about the Ridolfi Plot in our BeingBess article on Thomas Howard, 4rth Duke of Norfolk.