Return of Mary, Queen of Scots

By Joanna Ninh

Today’s blog is dedicated to the return of Reign, the American historical fiction television series that sparked my interest to pursue medieval history and significant of castles. The series traces back to the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, in her days at French Court. It tells the tale of Mary’s life being threatened ever since she was a child because she was a threat to England’s crown.

She joins an alliance with France to wed the future King Francis II of France. Her future was laid out at the age of 6 for her own protection. This was to ward her away from the dangers of her fate and was sent to live in a convent for most of her childhood life. With an assassination attempt that occurred, she was rushed back to court at the age of 15 years old and awaits for marriage to bond her protection.

Most of the filming took place in Toronto, Canada and Ireland.

Opening narration (episodes 2-11):

Since Mary, Queen of Scotland, was a child, the English have wanted her country and her crown. She is sent to France to wed its next king, to save herself and her people – a bond that should protect her but, there are forces that conspire. Forces of darkness, forces of the heart. Long may she reign.

Fast forward to a few years later! We find Mary Queen of Scots, had a short lived life as Queen of France. This was due to the fact that her husband Francis II, King of France, died from an ear infection forcing Mary with a life of heartbreak and hardship. She was later captured by the English that longed for her head and was imprisoned in the Loch Leven Castle in 1567–1568.

The ruins of Loch Leven Castles still holds significant history in the the life of Queen Mary of Scots.

The castle is located on an island in Loch Leven, in the Perth and Kinross local authority area of Scotland. This late 14th or 15th century tower was where Queen Mary was sentenced to imprisonment and her dramatic escape a year later.

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