Sunday, November 10, 2013

This is Mary Stuart

Have you been watching Reign on the CW?   Do you like shows based in historical fact?  If so, you might want to look into this one.  This is Mary Stuart (Mary Queen of Scots) as a teenager.  The story begins with her arrival in France to secure her marriage with the king's son (and future King of France), Francis.  It turns out to be a more difficult task than she anticipated.  Scotland is feeling the pressure of England wanting to take over so she really needs an alliance in the form of marriage to Francis.  However, the king is not quite ready to throw in with Scotland.  But, he isn't ready to let the alliance go, either.  So, there is plenty of political maneuvering as both sides try to get what they feel is best for THEIR country.

What does the potential groom think?  Well, he is attracted to Mary, but reluctant to give up being a bachelor.  Plus, he, too, places the welfare of France first.  Throw in Francis' half-brother, Bash, who appears to have some romantic feelings for Mary, and things start to heat up.  The groom's mother, Queen Catherine, is opposed to the union based on the visions of Nostradamus.  The seer has predicted that Mary will bring about her son's death.  So, she is doing all she can to see that the marriage doesn't happen.

Politics and romance really don't go together, but it makes for an interesting story.

1 comment:

  1. Politics and romance really don't go together. Ain't that the truth, Robin.