Witnesses were too frightened to appear and after a seven-hour trial, he was found not guilty. When Norfolk saw the transcripts, his principal concern was the highly incriminating nature of the evidence. His conviction was inevitable, and sentence of death was pronounced against him.
Sidney Lee, ed. One night, he reported, a double mummery was played, when 'one set of mummers rifled the Queen's ladies and the other set, with wooden swords and bucklers, recovered the spoil'.
She wrote to him that she would live and die with him, and signed herself 'yours faithful to death'. Meanwhile she gave Darnley's clothes to Bothwell.
Although a trial was contemplated William Cecil argued that his offences did not amount to a breach of existing treason statute laws. In April he was made knight of the Garter. A reconciliation was patched up, and in January the two rivals were chosen by the French king, as the foremost of the English nobles, to receive the order of knights of St.