History is not that hard to get right people! I am sorry to see that the producers and writers of the CW’s new teen drama “Reign”- if this story (link above) is to be believed – are playing a bit fast and loose with historical fact.
Mary Stuart left Scotland for the Court of Henri II of France when she was 6, not 15 years old. I’m not sure why the need to change it — unless budget constraints prevent flashback to the reasons for her departure. But it is a material point: Mary left France so young and became French in so many ways. That she became more French than Scots was one of many factors that hampered her return to rule Scotland.
Mary had four friends, all called Mary — known historically as “The Four Marys” (and yes, they are the subject of my novel). The CW has created three Marys — another budget decision?
Apart from that, hurrah for the casting…
I will still watch, but I can tell it is going to drive me nuts.