'Reign' review: Romantic fiction only enhances history

"Reign" is not a historically accurate portrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots' teen years. But that shouldn't matter -- the CW drama is historical fiction and succeeds admirably in giving viewers a tasted of 16th century life in the most fun way it can.You don't want to miss this one.A brief history of "Reign"Set in the mid-16th century, "Reign" focuses on the Scottish Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane) during her teen years at the French court. A ruler since she was only 6 days old, Mary is expected to marry the heir to the French monarchy, Francis (Toby Regbo). Although the show (fortunately) only skirts around the issue, the basis for all of this is both standard dynastic alliances and a desire to uphold Catholicism in the face of expansionist and Protestant policies in England.Mary is expected to save herself for Francis, of course, but there are a few bumps along the road. One major...



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