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The TV drama Reign from Netflix is a dramatised version of the life of Mary Queen of Scots

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Historical drama Reign starring Adelaide Cane (Mary Queen of Scots), Megan Follows (Catherine de' Medice) and Torrance Coombs (Sebastian de Poitiers) follows the rise and fall of Scottish queen Mary Queen of Scots.

The TV drama, now in its fourth season, is produced by Netflix and season 1 was first screened in 2013, with the opening episode showing teenage Mary travelling to meet her fiance Francis, dapuhin of France.

The four seasons follow Mary during her time in France, on to the early years of her reign in Scotland, through her three marriages, imprisonment in England on the orders of Elizabeth I and her execution.

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Who was Mary Queen of Scots?

Mary Queen of Scots was born on 8 December 1542 at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland. She became queen of Scotland six days after her birth, when her father James V was killed in battle. In 1558 Mary married Francis, dauphin of France and was widowed within two years, shortly after becoming queen consort.

She returned to the land of her birth in 1561 and had a brief and unhappy reign with two further husbands, Henry Stuart Lord Darnley and James Hepburn Earl of Bothwell.

Mary was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son, the future James VI and she fled to England, where she was imprisoned on the orders of her cousin Elizabeth I. She was moved between various prisons before she was executed at Fotheringay Castle on 8 February 1587 at the age of 44.

Five facts you (probably) never knew about Mary Queen of Scots.

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