If there are any truths you will always find about Mary, of which there is virtually no argument:
- Mary was loved throughout France; the king of France, Henry II, set her on a higher pedestal than his own daughters.
- Everyone sang praise of her beauty. Everyone. That’s why I don’t like most portraits of Mary; they make her look like something not powerfully pretty.
- Catherine de Medicis was not at all Mary’s biggest fan.
This conversation legitimately happened you guys, oh my God.
So Mary finally arrives after a two-month journey from Roscoff to Saint-Germain, where she will meet the royal family. I mean, she’s gonna be marrying the dauphin, she may as well meet him, right? So Mary goes to the nursery, and starts playing with Francis (the dauphin). Francis was a year younger than Mary, and sickly, but he and Mary were getting along really, really well. Like, amazingly well. As in the French court was a-twitter like cupids; that’s how well they got along.
The queen of France was Catherine de Medicis (Italian), and if anything, she loved her children; whatever ill acts she did or did not commit, it’s usually brushed to the side with the excuse that it was for her children. So Catherine walks in on this energetic little girl playing with her sick and timid littler boy, and it’s—well. Just read the comic. This little in-law stuff continues.
So upon landing in France and being surrounded by fancy things instead of rougher things, Mary is in love, and soon forgets that grey, rainy island for this beautiful and … fancy place. And it. Is. Sad. Arriving, Mary only knew her native language. Scots. She picked up enough French to communicate with kids her age on her way to Saint-Germain, and in her lessons she also learned Latin, Spanish, Greek, and Italian. She never forgot her Scots, but for the rest of her life, Mary preferred to communicate in French, even when she was in Scotland, and spell her name ‘Marie’. Mary was really smart, extremely devout in her religion (Catholicism), and was skilled in several arts.
Girl’s pretty awesome. Why, you could almost say she’s a Mary Stu
art. Yeah I’m done. That—that was bad.
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