|“||Scotland has one true ruler, Mary, Queen of Scots, daughter of James V, crowned on her sixth day and not appointed by the Pope, but the Almighty himself. It is my duty, my God-given birthright and my crown! And I defend it from anyone who attempts to take it!||”|
— Mary in Pulling Strings
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland and Queen Dowager of France is the female lead and protagonist. She is the 23-year-old Queen of Scotland. She is the widow of Francis, to whom she had been engaged since the age of six and the mother of their unborn baby. She is the wife to her second husband, Lord Darnley and the mother to their son James. Her stepson through Francis is John-Phillip, her lady-in-waiting, Lola's child. She is the daughter of the King James V and Dowager Queen, Marie de Guise whom she mostly had a strained relationship during the majority of her life and the half-sister of James Stuart. She is the cousin of Queen Elizabeth. She is also the best friend of her former ladies-in-waiting: Aylee, Greer, Kenna and Lola. She was caught up in a love triangle between Sebastian and Francis, until she made a choice to wed Francis.
While living at the French Court, she has had many challenges coming toward her, such as Queen Catherine plotting to kill her, Nostradamus' prophecy of Francis death, the duties as a Queen, trying to have a child with her husband, and the darkness that is filling her heart. Later on, Mary discovered Lola being pregnant with Francis' child, which caused a wedge in the friendship where Mary no longer trusted Lola and couldn't forgive her. Mary also got word of Scotland being in danger, and for the first time ever, she got a taste of real power of being a Queen.
When the Black Plague occurred, Mary was left with the French Court's fate in her hands. She began to struggle between justice and how the court actually works. Her friendship with Lola was once again tested as Lola had Francis' son. Mary eventually accepted it and became the child's godmother. Mary's marriage began to fall apart as Francis continually did things behind her back and kept lying to her as he was hiding something from her. However, she still continued to love her husband and believed that he would do the right thing. She was eventually raped and later learned the truth to Francis killing his father and Narcisse blackmailing for it. After she killed her rapist and attackers with help from Louis Condé, whom she grew a strong friendship with, she told Francis that they should live separate lives as she blames him for everything that has happened. Francis not wanting to have a marriage like his parents, tried to win Mary back but she soon began a short-lived affair with Condé and was planning to run away to Scotland with him. Because of Mary's actions, chaos had spread. Mary betrayed Condé when she refused to leave France after nearly losing Francis to an illness. Condé became a traitor aligning himself with Elizabeth, whom he had been courting. He and the English troops gathered around French Court, demanding that Francis give up his throne and Mary. She came up with a plan of her own to save everyone and take Condé down. In the end, Mary ultimately chose Francis, knowing that he is her soulmate.
As time went by, Mary's marriage was greatly improving but she became distraught when she learned that Francis was dying. With not much time left, Mary helped Francis in preparing Charles to become the next King of France. Eventually, Francis's illness got worse and died until Delphine saved him in exchange for another life which turned out to be Mary's mother. While celebrating Francis' recovery with a romantic trip, Mary and Francis were attacked by a band of assassins which ultimately led to Francis' death. Mary was devastated and was comforted by Catherine, making the two closer than ever. In the process, Catherine continued to support and protect Mary as well as giving her suggestions suitors that she could marry. Mary found a new ally named Gideon Blackburn whom was sent as Elizabeth's spy. She later began a sexual relationship with him which she eventually ended. After receiving word from Lola that there wasa safe passage to Scotland, Mary said her goodbyes to Catherine and others. Along with Bash and Narcisse's help, Mary returned to Scotland and was able to reclaim her throne as well as avenging Francis' death by killing Munro.
Back in her country, Mary struggled to earn the trust and respect of both Scottish Protestants and Catholics, which she eventually did just as Elizabeth was making a move on the Scottish throne. When Mary received the news of Lola's execution she vowed to take the English throne from Elizabeth as vengeance for her ordering Lola's execution.
She is portrayed by the Australian actress, Adelaide Kane.
Mary became the Queen of Scotland after her father died when she was only six days old. When she first arrived at French Court at the age of six engaged to Francis, she and Francis were playmates. She mentioned always chasing after him when they were young. Later, nine-year-old Mary was sent to live with the nuns at a convent for her safety. In the Pilot we see flashbacks of her and Francis playing with feathers and running up the stairs. Mary also mentioned learning to climb on a certain tree and that she and Francis used to wait to catch fireflies.
Throughout the Series
"She was really a remarkable woman. There is a little bit of literature out there about her personality. she was very witty, charming - a very intelligent woman. She spoke six languages, she played two different instruments, she rode, she hunted. she danced, she played golf."
Adelaide Kane about Queen Mary
Passionate and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power, Mary is already a headstrong monarch. She will prove to be a formidable foe for anyone that stands in her way. She is also a great ally, as she wants to put people before herself. In For King and Country, Francis describes Mary as being headstrong, and strong in general. In Higher Ground, Cortenza de' Medici described Mary as being so talkitive and free with words as a child. As the series progresses, Mary becomes stronger to stand for what she believes in. She has grown into an independent woman who will go to any length to protect the ones she loves and her country. However, she will go against her husband and his family if necessary as she will always choose Scotland over France since they only have her. By the end of the first season, she tells Francis that she can feel herself become harder.
I may live in France but I have the heart of a Scot.
Mary in Liege Lord
During the second season, Mary attempts to be a Queen that Francis will be proud of. She refused to listen to Catherine and bow down to the nobles. She has been acknowledged as a strong and kind queen but lacks the political skills to rule successfully in Scotland. Catherine and Narcisse believed that she would cause France it's destruction. After her rape, Mary began to change, becoming cold and distant towards Francis. She begins to think only of herself and becomes more selfish. She believes, as a woman, she does not get to live as freely as men. This leads her to have a short-lived affair with Condé and plan to run away to Scotland with him. When Francis fell ill, Catherine blamed Mary for her son's condition and everything that has happened. During this, she almost betrays Francis again when she plans to send in French troops to defend her country from the Protestants. However, Francis woke up before she could give the order. Francis allowed for French troops to head over to Scotland as France and Scotland are allies and are stronger when they honor their promises to each other even though she turned her back on the country who took her in and cared for her when she was a child. When he tells her he will use his second chance at life more wisely, she wonders if he regrets marrying her. Due to Francis deciding to never trust her again after everything that has happened, Mary begins to rethink the decisions she has made. She abandons Condé and her plans to go to Scotland with him in order to fix everything that she has done and regain Francis' trust. After Condé's threats and trying to claim the French throne, she took things into her own hands to take Condé down and redeclare her love for Francis as she has never stopped loving him. She also once again stood up to Catherine, willing to do whatever it took to punish Catherine for her cruel intentions towards Francis. Mary soon began a path of redemption due to her wrong choices and actions she had made.
Mary returned to her original self shortly before the events of the third season.
- "You're beautiful and clever and unpredictable."
- —Francis to Mary
Mary is a beautiful young woman: tall and slender, with an oval-shaped face, long black hair, hazel eyes, and a creamy fair complexion.
When she was at the convent, Mary wore clothes of a lower class. However, when she is at court, she is dressed as befits her royal status: fancy attire and intricate gowns. Despite her tendency to wear many different colors, Mary's most prominent ones were white and black, with gold embellishments. She also has a particular fondness for lace and wears flowing tops when she dons skirts. For accessories, she wears crowns, necklaces, belts, bracelets, and rings.
In Chosen, Mary awoke with a necklace. When she took it outside to show to Bash, she noticed it had burnt her hand, leaving a scar shaped like stag antlers. Since the scar was not seen again after that episode, it could mean that it has probably healed.
"From the beginning, I had this vision of her as two women: she's the warrior queen and she's the romantic. And I always feel like usually, we embody both of those elements in her wardrobe, so if there's a harsh or strong detail, it will be accompanied by something light and feminine. Sometimes it's even just her hair which works into that. Something that pops to mind is this Alexander McQueen gown that we put her in in the second episode, that she wears when she meets Simon, the British lord… It's this insane, beaded almost kind of armored gown, and with her hair down and soft, it kind of softened it up and made it a little more romantic and mysterious rather than just harsh. So I feel like that's the balance usually with Mary." - Meredith Markworth-Pollack about Mary.
- "You know what my heart says now? It says that I should forget about politics and be with you. No matter what. You're a true Queen, a Queen that any King would kill for."
- —Francis to Mary in Hearts and Minds
Francis was Mary's husband. They were childhood friends who had been engaged since they were kids. Mary was then sent to a convent and hadn't seen Francis for years until they were reunited in Pilot. They kick off with a rocky start after Mary's arrival due to Francis being entwined with another woman. When someone starts to plot against Mary, Francis suspects it is his mother's doing and he decides to protect Mary by whatever means necessary. He also promises to be her friend and stand by her side. As they spend time together and get to know one another, Francis' ways begin to change as Mary is a good influence on him. However, obstacles such as Olivia, Bash, and Catherine get in the way. When Francis is stripped of his crown and of Mary due to Nostradamus' prophecy, he leaves French Court and their relationship is deeply strained. They are later reunited when Francis returns to French Court to save his mother. The prophecy is later changed after the death of Catherine's firstborn, Clarissa, allowing Mary and Francis to be together. The two lived in happiness for a short period of time and later they learned that Mary was pregnant. However, Mary miscarried the child not long after announcing her pregnancy to Francis. Soon after, she and Francis began to disagree over political decisions, causing tension between the two. Francis' poor political decisions prompted the Protestants to storm the castle and kill the King. They ended up raping Mary instead. After that, Mary pulled away from Francis and grew closer to Condé. The two have a short-lived affair. In the end, however, Mary chose Francis and the two rekindled their romance. They showed their love for each other and the strength of their alliance before the world, until Francis was murdered, giving a powerful and emotional spin on the end of the relationship. (See Mary and Francis.)Sebastian: Sebastian is Mary's ex-fiancé and half-brother-in-law. They first met in Pilot when Mary returned to court engaged to Bash's half brother, Francis. Bash and Mary started as close friends but when Mary and Francis began having problems, Bash stepped in to comfort her and they shared their first kiss. When Mary began to believe in a prophecy that predicted Francis' death if she married him. To protect Francis she initially runs away from court with Bash. They are however captured and brought back to court. She then decides to marry Bash and have him declared legitimate. They become engaged. When engaged Mary opened her heart to Sebastian and they grew to love and care for each other. When they were going to get married in secret because the pope had still not legitimized Bash and they wanted to force his hand. Francis learns of the wedding, shows up and starts fighting with his brother. Because he learned that the prophecy was really about Clarissa, Catherine's firstborn. Bash tries to convince Mary that they can still get married. However, when Catherine tells her she has a choice, Mary chose Francis. After Mary made her choice, Bash was exiled from court and when he returned Bash was married off to one of Mary's ladies-in-waiting. Since his return to court, Bash and Mary have retained a friendly relationship. (See Mary and Sebastian.)
Louis: Mary and Louis first meet after Louis arrives at court with Francis. They quickly forge both a friendship and a mutual alliance. As Louis has helped Mary with a few of her plans. He was the first person to know she miscarried after seeing her in pain. She begged him not to tell anyone if he considered himself a friend, as a good friend he didn't. But alerted Francis after that he should check on her. Over time Mary kept going to Louis for help and comfort when dealing with problems when Francis wouldn't help. After Mary was assaulted by a group of men, she began pulling away from Francis and growing closer to Condé. Sometime after Mary began having an affair with Condé, putting France and her husband's crown at risk. When found out, Mary took it upon herself to personally kill Condé so he could no longer vie for the throne. She stabbed him and he was taken back to the castle. However, Condé survived and even managed to escape.
Lord Darnley: Lord Darnley was Mary's husband and the father of her child. The two met on a flower field while Mary was on holiday. Darnley won Mary's respect and admiration when he rescued a little boy from a building on fire, but it was later revealed that Darnley started the fire to save the boy and appear a hero. Mary was bothered by the fact that Darnley was willing to use shortcuts to win and get ahead, but they eventually found a way to compromise. Their relationship started getting stronger and they were growing more fond of each other, until Mary found out that Darnley cheated on her and their relationship was ruined. Later on, Mary discovered that she was carrying Darnley's child and they started repairing their relationship. However, Darnley kept pressing her for the Crown Matrimonial and when his request was denied, he attempted to blackmail Mary. His attempt failed, but he continued to plot against Mary and grasp for power which ultimately led to his downfall. In the end, he went mad and was murdered by Bothwell.Lord Bothwell: When Mary met Lord Bothwell, they didn't get along. Mary was trying to purchase a port from him, but he kept refusing her, until he tried to use it to his advantage. He promised her his port if she spent time with him, so she did. He also turned out to be her loyal watchman. Mary later summoned him to court as her bodyguard and they developed feelings for each other.
- "Such glory you promise, and so cunning you've become... how you've changed since you came back to us from the convent. I miss the girl you were."
- —Catherine to Mary in Slaughter of Innocence
Mary's relationship with Catherine started off antagonistic at the beginning of the series. Mary had always believed that ever since her arrival at French Court, Catherine has been plotting against her, not knowing why. She had the protection of Francis and the help of her Ladies-in-Waiting to go up against Catherine. Later on, Catherine reveals the prophecy to Mary, the reason why she was so eager to ruin Mary and Francis' relationship. Mary believed the prohecy, and changed the line of succession; Francis and his brothers losing the throne and Catherine losing her status as Queen. Catherine starts a series of attempts to have Bash killed but fails, and is later accused of adultery. Mary apologized to Catherine about everything that has happened, and promised to take care of Charles and Henry Jr.. When the prophecy had changed, Mary chose to be with Francis and started to bond with Catherine. Catherine has grown to care about Mary. She helped Mary when she was raped, and helped Mary find a suitor after Francis' death. (See Mary and Catherine.)
Marie: Marie was Mary's mother. As a child, Mary became engaged to Francis and Marie sent her to live with them in France. Mary and her mother hadn't seen each other or communicated much apart from a few letters, until Marie showed up to French Court to get Mary to marry Francis. Marie wasn't a very warm and caring mother, one that would always choose power over her own daughter. They had a very strained relationship, but when Marie was in danger in Scotland, Mary went to great lengths to get her mother to safety. When her mother returned to France once again, tension ensued between the two as Marie scorned Mary for not providing an heir yet. Mary let go of her rage when she found out her mother was dying from an illness, wanting her to stay in France with her. They parted ways, however, as Marie had to return to Scotland to help secure her daughter's rule.
James: James was Mary's illegitimate older paternal half-brother. Although they didn't see each other due to having lived in different countries, they had always cared about each other. Even though protestants were trying to put her brother on the throne instead of her, there was no worry. Mary trusted him and he didn't covet his sister's crown. He used to help Marie secure her reign in Scotland, until she died and he was named regent. When Mary came back to Scotland, their relationship endured many trials, as Mary struggled to trust James, and he felt like Mary was backing him into a corner. But they always worked every issue out.
Ladies-In-Waiting: Mary has a different bond of friendship with each of her ladies. With Greer, they share a loyal bond of friendship. Mary can always depend on Greer whenever she needs something or if she is in a troubled situation. Mary is closest to Aylee. Aylee is someone that Mary can trust the most; Aylee even spied on Catherine for her. Kenna is one of the harder friendships for Mary. Kenna is out for her own personal gain and Mary is trying to protect her from that. Mary does not have the easiest friendship with Lola. Mary and Lola have had difficulties in their friendship; such as, Lola blaming Mary for Colin's death and Lola sleeping with Francis. All of their friendships and their duties are strengthened by being thrust into this foreign court and, at points, under duress. It is brutal and they don't have their families and all they have is each other. (See Mary and Greer, Mary and Kenna, Mary and Lola, Mary and Aylee.)Clarissa: Clarissa was Mary's ally from the very beginning. Clarissa had a protecting nature over Mary, always letting her know of eminent danger or threats, even saving Mary's life after Catherine had poisoned her in her bathtub. Mary vowed to protect Clarissa in return. But when Charles and Prince Henry's lives were threatened by Clarissa due to her jealousy of Catherine's affection for them, Mary hit Clarissa in the head with a rock. After her death, Mary and the others still believed she deserved a proper burial ordering the soldiers to do so, but they ignored the orders. Clarissa was thought to be dead, but was later revealed to be alive. She was later killed by Bash in favour of saving Francis' life.
Tomás: In the beginning when Tomás arrived at court, Mary believed his attentions were on Greer. However, he later proposed to Mary soon after they met. He told her he was to be legitimized and could give her what France could not. Mary considers his offer and ends up accepting the proposal. Prior to their engagement, Tomás was very sweet and charming, but as it started to get more official, he revealed his true nature as a controlling tyrant. After experiencing Tomás' cruelty, Mary wanted out of the engagement. Tomás was after killed by Francis and Mary's engagement with Francis was reinstated. (See Mary and Tomas.)
Olivia: Although Mary knew that Olivia was Francis' lover before she returned to court, she was warm and friendly to Olivia after she had been trough trauma in the Blood Wood. Little did she know that Olivia had returned at the request of Catherine to win Francis over from Mary. Not long after Olivia's return, Mary becomes jealous of Francis' affection towards Olivia since he had kissed her. She later sought comfort in Sebastian, they kissed and Francis witnessed it from afar. He and Mary then drifted apart and he drifted towards Olivia. However, in the end, Francis chose Mary over Olivia. (See Mary and Olivia.)Narcisse: Mary and Narcisse never got along. Mary started their rivalry by killing his son after he threatened to murder an entire household. To flame the fires of hate, Narcisse blackmailed Francis into bending to his will, persecuting the Protestants and in turn, putting a strain on his relationship with Mary. This prompted the Protestants to storm the castle, resulting in Mary's rape. After being stripped of all his possessions, Narcisse continued to serve Mary and Francis. When Francis died, and Narcisse became regent, he wanted Mary out of France. When Mary suspected Narcisse of cheating, she told Lola, who left Narcisse as a result. The only time the two ever worked in tandem was when they crashed on a coast in Scotland, and they had to cooperate to ensure their survival.
|Snakes in the Garden||Appears|
|Hearts and Minds||Appears|
|A Chill in the Air||Appears|
|For King and Country||Appears|
|Long Live The King||Appears|
|Slaughter of Innocence||Appears|
|Drawn and Quartered||Appears|
|The Lamb & The Slaughter||Appears|
|Blood for Blood||Appears|
|The Prince of the Blood||Appears|
|Terror of the Faithful||Appears|
|Acts of War||Appears|
|Sins of the Past||Appears|
|The End of Mourning||Appears|
|Reversal of Fortune||Appears|
|Three Queens, Two Tigers||Appears|
|In a Clearing||Appears|
|Fight or Flight||Appears|
|The Hound and the Hare||Appears|
|Bruises That Lie||Appears|
|No Way Out||Appears|
|To The Death||Appears|
|Spiders in a Jar||Appears|
|With Friends Like These||Appears|
|A Grain of Deception||Appears|
|Leaps of Faith||Appears|
|Playing with Fire||Appears|
|Love & Death||Appears|
|A Better Man||Appears|
|Dead of Night||Appears|
|Coup de Grace||Appears|
|A Bride. A Box. A Body.||Appears|
|Blood in the Water||Appears|
|All It Cost Her||Appears|
- Mary is a feminine given name which is the usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) - the spellings are interchangeable - which were from the Hebrew name מִרְיָם (Miryam). The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories, including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However, it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".
- Stuart is a surname of Scottish origin,and also an occupational name for an administrative official of an estate or steward, from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard". The Stewart family (sometimes spelled Stuart) held the Scottish crown for several centuries; one of the most famous members of the Stewart family was Mary, Queen of Scots.
- Mary Stuart of Scotland was born December 8, 1542, became Queen of Scotland at 6 days old, and died on February 8, 1587, at the age of 44.
- Historically Mary was Queen of Scotland for 25 years.
- Mary was arranged to marry Francis when she was a small child, and moved to France later that year for protection.
- At the age of 10 she was supposed to marry Prince Edward of England, a union between England and Scotland. When Mary was 6 months old the treaty was signed.
- Mary had two brothers who died at infancy, two half-brothers from her mother's first marriage who died in childhood, and nine illegitimate siblings on her father's side.
- She has a dog named Stirling.
- Probably named after the city and castle of Stirling where Mary was crowned queen.
- Historically the television version of Nostradamus is incorrect when he says that a marriage between Mary and Francis would cause Francis' death.
- Mary doesn't directly cause Francis' death, as he suffered from frail health which led to his early death after a year and five months on the throne.
- Her first kiss was Francis in Kissed.
- Mary was officially engaged to Tomás of Pamela for less than an episode (Hearts and Minds).
- Historically Mary's life is a tragic story with losing Francis and then later being forced to abdicate in favor for her young son.
- Historically Mary is the eleventh great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II (through her son James, granddaughter Elizabeth Stuart, and great-granddaughter Sophia of Hanover who is the ancestor that UK law states that current succession comes from).
- Adelaide Kane, the actress playing Mary, is a descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots and The House of Stuart through her mother's side.
- She's the cousin of Elizabeth I.
- Elizabeth ordered Mary's death after she was convicted of treason.
- A portrait of Claude of France, King Henry's mother, hangs in Mary's chamber.
- She knows how to milk a goat, she was taught by the nuns.
- She's right handed.
- In The Consummation, she signs her name Marie R because she was signing her title: Marie R. stands for Marie Regina, which is Latin for "Mary the Queen". Queen Mary I of England also signed her name this way.
Mary Stuart has a photo gallery.