PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.
This movie was released the same year as the mini-series Elizabeth R (1971), in which Glenda Jackson played Queen Elizabeth I. In that production, Vanessa Redgrave's mother Rachel Kempson played Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth's governess during her childhood, and the Lady of the Bedchamber during the early part of her reign.
Francis - King of France:
Mary, Queen of Scots: What is it? What is it?
Francis - King of France: My head! My head!
Mary, Queen of Scots: Be still, be still, put your head down.
Francis - King of France: Please, help me.
The meetings between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland in the borderlands and in Mary's cell before her execution have no basis in any factual/historical account of these rulers. However, it is stated in the film that these meetings were secret and never mentioned even to Elizabeth's closest advisers.
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