Things I Like: King Francis II of France (Reign)

King Francis takes Calais Reign CW

In French history, King Francis II was notable for marrying Mary, Queen of Scots, but he died shortly into his reign and marriage, with no son or daughter either. It’s quite remarkable that the show writers fictionalized his life and were quite good at it. The show starts with Franics meeting Mary for the first time since they were children. Both are somewhat happy to be engaged to each other.

I liked his relationship with his half-brother Bash who is the bastard son of his father King Henry II. They are quite loyal to each other, the only thing that tore them apart was a desire for Mary. Though they eventually repair their bond.

In the show Francis often rebelled against his father over issues especially those concerning Mary and Scotland. He led the force to take Calais (England’s last hold of land in France since the Plantagenets) and did so quite well. He decides to take his father down before he got too insane and used that power for a force of real evil, not just political evil.

Francis and Mary Reign CW

Francis’ reign isn’t an easy one. He has to deal with plague and trying to care for his bastard son at the same time.

Francis vs Lord Narcisse Reign CW

And he is challenged and controlled by Lord Narcisse for most of the start. When Narcisse finds out Francis’ secret about murdering his father in the joust, he turns it to his advantage. But eventually Francis turns the tables on his “vassal.”

Francis and Mary ruling France Reign CW

Francis and Mary’s marriage went through ups and downs. It was tested the most during the second season when Louis, Prince of Conde made the marriage estranged and took Mary as his for a brief time. But eventually they renew their love for one another.

Francis gets brother ready for the throne Reign CW

While awkward for all of them, Francis tried to convince Charles to marry Mary after he passed away as he knew he was dying. This would have cemented Mary’s power in France, but like history itself, it wasn’t meant to be.

Francis dying ear infection Reign CW

I really thought his “death” from the ear disease thing was the final bit, but then he is magically cured.

Francis dies Reign CW

So he could be killed by rebellious Scots who sneaked into France. Kinda cruel to the show fans who didn’t know the real history and thought Francis was actually going to survive the events of the show. I could tell the show makers and cast must of loved the actor Toby Regbo because he stayed far longer than he should have if you look at history. They must of had a hard time letting him go.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: