Mary Queen of Scots. . . . . The Film

mary queen of scots poster

All through the film the wild and wonderful Scottish landscapes fills the screen, demanding  the viewer’s attention and compliment to  the queen’s fiery temperament.Though she spent much of her life in France as a child and as a bride and then widow Mary returned to Scotland to become Queen.  All this before she returned to Scotland where she  was “home.”

Mary’s reign was 1542-1567 and the film opens with her beheading. The film tells her story and that of her first cousin, Elizabeth of England through connecting flashbacks.The stage is set with family jealously and intrigue, royalty, politics and faith and religion which always interests me. Mary was Roman Catholic which made it impossible for her to be the Queen of England. The English both royalty and common people were determined never to be Catholic after the religious drama of Henry VIII. Scotland became a  leader  of strong Reformation under the  guidance of John Knox who appears in the film.

I am interested in the history of religion and have worshiped in many Presbyterian Churches which began  in Scotland .  John Knox, in the film,  seemed a strange and often frightening man complete with long wild hair and foreboding voice and expression. His words seemed angry and intolerant often narrow minded. There was no generosity of spirit but an air of loving to hate. In a little research I found  that John Knox was in life, all those adjectives.  He was very intelligent though a man of the common people which  helped him communicate with ordinary people. His faith was strong and unwavering but with no emphasis on “loving his neighbor!! (Christianity Today)

I enjoy seeing history in film and even being challenged to do some further research .  I did find some criticism of a  major event in the film not being accurate and that Mary and Elizabeth  never met.   That doesn’t bother me as I feel that story telling is an important aspect of film.  It is not history , it is entertainment.


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I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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6 Responses to Mary Queen of Scots. . . . . The Film

  1. Page Shields says:

    Enjoyed your comments, Anne! I haven’t seen the film yet, but would like to go. Thanks.

    On Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 1:58 PM TalesAlongTheWay wrote:

    > annetbell posted: ” All through the film the wild and wonderful Scottish > landscapes fills the screen, demanding the viewer’s attention and > compliment to the queen’s fiery temperament.Though she spent much of her > life in France as a child and as a bride and then widow M” >


  2. I really enjoyed this film and I know there’s been moans re accuracy but I personally prefer to judge a film as a piece of work, not a piece of textbook history.


  3. Hi Anne. I thought Mary and Elizabeth were half sisters, both daughters of Henry XIII, but with different mothers. What I do know is that my family history has been traced back to Mary, or rather to Catherine of Aragon, who, if memory serves me correctly was her mum, Henry’s first wife and the only one not beheaded. I could be very wrong here though. It’s been a long time since my days of studying and reading English history. My vision is not very reliable now, with MS taking it at times but giving it back a little bit at a time usually. That’s okay though, I can still see well enough to do everything I want to do and several things I don’t want to do! what more can anyone ask! Take care, Anne! 😇🙏❤🌹🦋🕊


  4. annetbell says:

    Hi dear friend! So glad to hear from you.. . . . Here is what I learned from google. . .for whatever that is worth.
    Mary Queen of Scots was the daughter of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise
    Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. All this makes the two queens cousins and not sisters.

    Thanks for stopping by. Hugs !


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