The Beginning of the End

May 15 was the beginning of the end for a pair of 16th century queens. First, in 1536, Anne Boleyn was brought to trial on (almost certainly) bogus charges of adultery and incest and found guilty. Her brother, George Boleyn, who was accused of having a sexual relationship with her, was tried separately the same day and also found guilty. The trials came a day … Continue reading The Beginning of the End

Mary, Queen of Scots

Oh, Mary. Mary, Mary, Mary. As I said in a previous blog, she wasn’t a bad person, she was just woefully unsuited for her job. Poor woman. She probably would have made a fine royal consort (and she did, in fact, when she was married to the French king), but she just didn’t have the firm hand needed to rule a country like Scotland. Or any country, really. So, she crashed and burned and, over the years, got romanticized all over the place. There have been plenty of movies made about her, but only one has Vanessa Redgrave in it: Mary, Queen of Scots. There’s talk of a remake with Scarlett Johansson, which I really hope won’t happen, because I like this one the way it is. Joining Vanessa in an impressive cast are Ian Holm, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, and, of course, Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I. It didn’t get great reviews, but it got nominated for a lot of awards because, as we know, corsets = Oscars.

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