Last night, Mary Queen of Scots reign on local television came to its close. After four amazing seasons we say au revior to the historical retelling of one of Europe’s most controversial queens. This story gets me every time.
Reign was a powerful show of passionate love and dedication to the historical events of her time. Young Scottish Mary (brilliantly portrayed by Australian actress Adelaide Kane) was tossed into the ruthless, political monarchy of her day, becoming a queen at the very beginning of her life. She became a consort to the French Queen and had claim to the English crown, yet her royal life went tragically down the well as she grew up. She faced many hardships like the death of her beloved husband King Francis, her English cousin Elizabeth being named queen of England as well as facing division between her devotion to Catholicism while Scotland transformed itself into a Protestant nation. Her 2nd marriage to a cousin named Henry Stewart earl of Danrley was nothing more than sour. These scandalous events spiraled out of control, leading to Mary’s demise. Eventually Mary was captured and confined to imprisonment for the next eighteen years of her cruel life, ending with her being beheaded for treason by her English cousin. WHY ELIZABETH, WHY?
The story of Mary’s life had always fascinated me. I’ve always looked at her life as depressing. She never truly got to live her own life. She spent many years being taught how to become a queen and dealing with certain issues which would drive any person so young mad. The sudden death of Francis was the beginning of her end. Being raised by Catholics made her loyal to their cause, yet time had changed within her own countries approval of such religious belief.
She was sort of like an outsider really. A black sheep who was certainly on the defense more so than offense. Elizabeth was a skillful queen, yet her betrayal of Mary was brutal and unjust. Mary may have plotted against Elizabeth, yet I see it as her only way to stay alive. Some would argue she was the rightful queen of England, so what she did was only in her best interest. The cousins never actually met. They only spoke by letter, so their opinion of each other was biased by those around them. Perhaps if Elizabeth had paid her cousin a visit, things could of turned out better. I love how the show expressed Mary’s final moment, seeing Francis again in heaven. When my final day comes I’d love to meet her in heaven. I’ll give her a big hug and say” I’m sorry how cruel life was to you.” Reign was an excellent series. As they say in the motherland” long live the queen!”