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Queen Mary's Jewels

Categories: Dream
Scary Books: The Book Of Dreams And Ghosts
: Andrew Lang

"I have had a strange dream about your ring" (a "medallion" of Anthony

and Cleopatra); "it is very valuable."

Major Buckley said it was worth 60 pounds, and put the ring into his

friend's hand.

"It belonged to royalty."

"In what country?"

"I see Mary, Queen of Scots. It was given to her by a man, a

foreigner, with other things from Italy. It came fr
m Naples. It is

not in the old setting. She wore it only once. The person who gave

it to her was a musician."

The seer then "saw" the donor's signature, "Rizzio". But Rizzio

spelled his name Riccio! The seer now copied on paper a writing which

in his trance he saw on vellum. The design here engraved (p. 32) is

only from a rough copy of the seer's original drawing, which was made

by Major Buckley.

[Picture of vellum as described in the text - images/rizzo.gif]

"Here" (pointing to the middle) "I see a diamond cross." The

smallest stone was above the size of one of four carats. "It" (the

cross) "was worn out of sight by Mary. The vellum has been shown in

the House of Lords." {31}

" . . . The ring was taken off Mary's finger by a man in anger and

jealousy: he threw it into the water. When he took it off, she was

being carried in a kind of bed with curtains" (a litter).

Just before Rizzio's murder Mary was enceinte, and might well be

carried in a litter, though she usually rode.

The seer then had a view of Sizzle's murder, which he had probably

read about.

Three weeks later, in another trance, the seer finished his design of

the vellum. The words



de la PART

probably stand for a Marie, de la part de--

The thistle heads and leaves in gold at the corners were a usual

decoration of the period; compare the ceiling of the room in Edinburgh

Castle where James VI. was born, four months after Rizzio's murder.

They also occur in documents. Dr. Gregory conjectures that so

valuable a present as a diamond cross may have been made not by

Rizzio, but through Rizzio by the Pope.

It did not seem good to the doctor to consult Mary's lists of jewels,

nor, if he had done so, would he have been any the wiser. In 1566,

just before the birth of James VI., Mary had an inventory drawn up,

and added the names of the persons to whom she bequeathed her

treasures in case she died in child-bed. But this inventory, hidden

among a mass of law-papers in the Record Office, was not discovered

till 1854, nine years after the vision of 1845, and three after its

publication by Dr. Gregory in 1851. Not till 1863 was the inventory

of 1566, discovered in 1854, published for the Bannatyne Club by Dr.

Joseph Robertson.

Turning to the inventory we read of a valuable present made by David

Rizzio to Mary, a tortoise of rubies, which she kept till her death,

for it appears in a list made after her execution at Fotheringay. The

murdered David Rizzio left a brother Joseph. Him the queen made her

secretary, and in her will of 1566 mentions him thus:--

"A Josef, pour porter a celui qui je luy ay dit, une emeraude emaille

de blanc.

"A Josef, pour porter a celui qui je luy ai dit, dont il ranvoir


"Une bague garnye de vingt cinq diamens tant grands que petis."

Now the diamond cross seen by the young officer in 1845 was set with

diamonds great and small, and was, in his opinion, a gift from or

through Rizzio. "The queen wore it out of sight." Here in the

inventory we have a bague (which may be a cross) of diamonds small and

great, connected with a secret only known to Rizzio's brother and to

the queen. It is "to be carried to one whose name the queen has

spoken in her new secretary's ear" (Joseph's), "but dare not trust

herself to write". "It would be idle now to seek to pry into the

mystery which was thus anxiously guarded," says Dr. Robertson, editor

of the queen's inventories. The doctor knew nothing of the vision

which, perhaps, so nearly pried into the mystery. There is nothing

like proof here, but there is just a presumption that the diamonds

connected with Rizzio, and secretly worn by the queen, seen in the

vision of 1845, are possibly the diamonds which, had Mary died in

1566, were to be carried by Joseph Rizzio to a person whose name might

not safely be written. {35a}

We now take a dream which apparently reveals a real fact occurring at

a distance. It is translated from Brierre de Boismont's book, Des

Hallucinations {35b} (Paris, 1845). "There are," says the learned

author, "authentic dreams which have revealed an event occurring at

the moment, or later." These he explains by accidental coincidence,

and then gives the following anecdote, as within his own intimate