Posts tagged Mary Stuart
Posts tagged Mary Stuart
Okay not gonna lie: The main reason I wanted to do this comic was because I couldn’t get the picture of England all, “GRRRR,” out of my head. And it’s based on fact, actually—during the reception for Mary’s and Francis’s wedding, the English ambassador just watched on pretty, “Kfkajfrarrrrr,” at all the happiness, and at the marital tie that Scotland and France now possessed.
As for the wedding itself, Mary’s crown was so heavy, people had to hold it in place on her head, and finally just take it off. Stress! They - Mary and Francis - married on 24 April, 1558, which made Francis the king consort of Scotland. Mary was 15, making Francis 14, and both were happy. That makes me happy! But then, when you’re that old, you like anyone who likes you, so. But they were happy regardless. :)
Not touched on in these happier/lighter comics is the rest of the Guise family. They’re up to some stuff, and it’s not all good. :( They will be addressed though. SO FEAR NOT!
I combined last comic’s and this one together, cuz they don’t have much that you can’t find in any of the other links, but here.
If there are any truths you will always find about Mary, of which there is virtually no argument:
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.
(Links next comic!)
I could seriously write so much on this moment alone, but as this is just a moment in time, the comic itself is far more character-driven. Which isn’t a bad thing! But now you gotta read! (Oh no….)
So let’s do a quick thang on the Auld Alliance! The Auld Alliance is the Franco-Scottish alliance officially borne in 1295, on February 23rd, though there was trade and cooperation as early as the 9th century. It was an agreement to help the other against England whenever England decided to act up against one of them. They both certainly helped each other, don’t get me wrong! But it seems like Scotland was always far more ready to help France out, no matter what, whereas France was a little more ~floof~ about it. (Shut up, floof is a word.) I’d continue on, but if you don’t already know about it, you may spoil yourself. ;) So I’ll keep quiet on the rest for right now.
You remember the last comic, right? Mary of Guise fell under attack, and told Scotland to, “Get her out.” (If not, you have to go refresh your memory!) So this comic takes place in Dumbarton, and France has come to pick Mary up from Scotland. (Quick recap: England’s waging war to force Scotland to hand Mary over so she can marry his king, and work towards taking control of Scotland.)
It’s very sad, but has its amusing moments!
So now it’s 28 July, 1548. There were a ton of tears – in the actual event! – between Mary, who was quite loved throughout Scotland as far as I can tell, and her mother. By ‘a ton’ I mean a ton. I may be wrong, but I think I read somewhere that Mary of Guise was crying so hard, they had to pull her back from Mary and take her away. (Can you blame her, though? Mary of Guise was losing her only daughter, after the death of all of her children before Mary.) I think the only thing that really comforted her was that Mary was going to France – Mary of Guise’s home country – and would be watched over by her uncles. (Which is a whole other story on its own.)
But more amusingly, you gotta hand it to little Mary. As a queen (five years old though she may have been), she had her own little group of Ladies in Waiting, right? They were all named Mary: Seton, Beaton, Livingstone, and Fleming. Popular name, huh? (Fun fact: The English ‘Mary’ - French version being ‘Marie’ - actually comes from the Icelandic ‘Maer’ which means virgin or maid.) So she and her Ladies board the ship, but don’t even get to take off right away due to storms. Aside from boredom from being on a ship for a week without going anywhere, Mary was unaffected; according to letters from de Brezé to Mary of Guise, Mary was the only one on the ship who wasn’t sea-sick. In fact, she was running around and making fun of everyone else. Oh, Mary.
Letters from de Brezé to Mary of Guise. It takes a bit of reading/scrolling/hunting, but they’re there!
Scotland’s ‘Auld Alliance’ with France, by Elizabeth Bonner. PDF of the whole book. o_o I think.
Bienvenue, mes amis, à Aubigny-sur-Nère ! THIS PLACE IS SO COOL. I WANNA GO.
I may have mentioned it before, but I also recommend the biography of Mary Stuart by Antonia Fraser!