Catherine of Valois

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→ Catherine de Medici + Francis II, for @cassanabaratheon, Happy Birthday sweet <3

I am seriously concerned about the casting directors on Reign...

Guys, are they ok? Are they even trying? Do they think we’re stupid? Have they employed a script adviser to check the consistency of what they’re making? If they have, they need to fire them real quick, because whoever they are hasn’t seemed to realise that CATHERINE’S CHILDREN ARE ALL REAPPEARING AS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PEOPLE who are WAY TOO OLD!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the good old days when Reign was kinda alright.

Remember this little guy? This lil’ cutie from Season 1? Lil’ Charles. Just in case this picture doesn’t make it quite QUITE clear that this person is a young CHILD, here’s another one: 

He’s tiny right, I mean Megan Follows is small, and he barely reaches her shoulder. Ok good, we’ve established that Charles in Season 1 was a young child of around eight years old. Good stuff.

Now I know Reign has a habit of stretching, embellishing and basically destroying history. Mary and Francis are supposed to be like 14 at the start, and clearly they’re older, but that’s ok, that’s fine, we’ll roll with it.

 The show begins in 1557:

Nice, some fluffy goats and fluffy clouds just to prove this. I’ve done my research people.

So in real life, ol’ Francie Boi was supposed to die in 1560 after being King for roughly one year

And sure thing, as I said, Reign likes to stretch history like, BEYOND the breaking point. So it’s entirely plausible that on the show Francis was king for a little bit longer, maybe we’ll give him an extra year or two. Which means the next time we see young dude Charlie he’ll have aged… hmmm around five years or so? He’ll be approx 12, right? 

WRONG! What the FuCk ma dudes, this guy right here is NOT CHARKLES I don’t know who he is, but Catherine and the rest of them should all be really concerned, they’ve been hella duped! He’s frickin old enough to fool around with this random chick

He’s aged like 10 years in 5, and NO ONE EVEN NOTICED, not Catherine, not Francis, not Mary, and especially not anyone in the writing or casting department apparently. 

Now let’s move onto Elisabeth, Catherine and Henry’s eldest daughter, dis chick from the pilot

Remember her? The one who married the Spanish dude, and then they had to have sex while a whole lot of old men watched, and Mary and her lil’ sweet naive buddies got all hot and flustered cos they were sneakily watching too? Yeah that one.

As you can see, this woman is clearly a BRUNETTE. Well, apparently Spain has really changed Elisabeth. Like, REEAALLY changed her. So good to see her back in 4x01! She goes by Leesa now, she’s blonde and older and basically looks like a completely different person…

Oh Wait.

I guess Catherine just has so many children she honestly can’t keep track and doesn’t even notice when they return to France looking like they’ve endured intense plastic surgery to reconstruct their faces, or somehow age them enormously.

Catherine has the names of all her children written in her bible, although her youngest son Hercule is missing, but I think the camera has just cut off the bottom of the page.

 At the end of Season 3, Catherine brings back this dude below to lowkey threaten Charles with MUrdEr (the most ooc Catherine has ever been, honestly this show is just…)

Now god knows who this one is, I mean it could be Lil’ Henry making a comeback from Season 1 when he was blonde and cute (see below) and got kidnapped by his insane potato-sack-wearing half sister

If so, he too has had a significant dye job at the castle salon. Except whoever this kid is in Season 3, he can’t be Henry because he’s considerably younger than Charles

I mean, what’s the deal? Charles gets hit by the ageifying-ray gun, but his little bro Henry doesn’t? How is that fair?? They never actually mention him by name, so possibly it is Hercule.

Which would mean that this hunky blonde dude Megan’s been posting on her Instagram and captioning with “My boys”… 

IS HENRY WHAT THE FUCK YOU GUYS! He looks even older than Charles, I CANNOT BELIEF THIS

This makes absolutely ZERO sense, I do NOT understand. The casting directors and writers of Reign either don’t comprehend human viewer intelligence and the ability to pick up on the ENORMOUS INCONSISTENCIES THEY THROW AT US WITH WORRYING REGULARITY, or they themselves have serious memory issues. Or possibly they just don’t care. I really don’t know.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to watch Reign now is by ignoring these massively aged characters, ignoring the yawn storylines, ignoring when the only original characters we have left suddenly rewrite their whole personalities; I’m looking at you Catherine ‘I would literally die for my children’ de Medici, suddenly going, ‘Oh yeah Charles, I have loooads of other sons, don’t you forget that, I might just kill you to become regent again, k, love you, bye.’

I’ll just focus on the pretty clothes and Megan Follows’ profound talent to somehow make something out of this steaming pile of insanity.

Long story short, the only thing Reign is consistent at, is being inconsistent.

Even so, I’ll watch it every week cos I’m total trash. Rip me.

Something you may not know about Henry Tudor is how he changed attitudes in Wales to the Welsh monarchy. How did he do this? Well, simply by becoming king really. 

First, let’s travel a little further back in time. The Conquest of Wales occurred between 1277 and 1283 under King Edward I of England, the same Edward who fought William Wallace. Prior to this Wales was ruled by Princes. By the 13th Century Gwynedd was the leading Kingdom and managed to gain control of a significant majority of Wales, taking the title Prince of Wales. (The intricacies of this is another post for another day.) However, Edward I fought with Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last) in two different campaigns (again another post for another day). In the last one he gained full control of the Principality of Wales. Wales was absorbed into England and essentially became colony of England. (It’s safe to say that all of these small points in this paragraph could make up multiple different posts as this would be way too long if all these were explored now)

From this point on Wales lived in hope for their Mab Darogan (or Son of Prophecy in English). Legends such as King Arthur state that when Wales needs them most they will rise again and a Welshman will once again rule over the kingdom of Britain. They had placed their hoped on Owain Glyndwr but evidently that had failed. But eventually they were to get their Mab Darogan, a Welshman on the throne of England. 

But when did a Welshman sit on the throne? Well when Henry Tudor became King. Henry Tudor was born in Pembrokeshire in Wales and his father, Edmund Tudor, was the son of a Welshman (Owen Tudor) and the widow of Henry V (Catherine of Valois). He played on his Welsh origins. His standard was a red dragon on the green and white of House Tudor. The red dragon even at this time was a symbol of Wales, thought to be the standard of King Arthur and Celtic kings. Henry Tudor called Welshmen to his cause in full knowledge of the legend of the Mab Darogan. 

In him, the people of Wales thought they had found their Mab Darogan. They gave their almost unwavering loyalty to him for it and it continued for the monarchy. The Tudors and most everything they did were supported in Wales due to it. Even the Stuarts saw the effects, the Welsh almost blindly supporting King Charles I in the English Civil War and joyfully welcoming Charles II as their King in 1660. Of course there were exceptions, those who did not support them but they were for the most part few and far between. 

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THE START OF A NEW DYNASTY: Catherine of Valois & Owen Tudor

Catherine remarried in secret sometime in 1431 or 1432 after the death of Henry V. Her new husband was Owen ap Maredudd ap Tudur of Wales. Somewhere at this time, the Queen stopped living in the King’s household and in May 1432 Parliament granted Owen the rights of an Englishman. This was important because of Henry IV’s laws limiting the rights of Welshmen.

There are many tales, most unsupported, of how Catherine and Owen met. Owen was probably born in about 1400, and may have gone to war in the service of Henry V’s steward Sir Walter Hungerford in 1421 in France. We don’t know for sure what position Owen held when he met the Queen, but he was most likely keeper of the Queen’s household or wardrobe.

Despite all the romantic embellishments by later writers, it seems that Owen and Catherine were attracted to one another and were legally married in the early 1430s. At some point, an English bookkeeper or scribe (possibly confused by the Welsh patronymic naming scheme) recorded Owen ap Maredudd ap Tudur as “Owen Tudor”.

Owen and Catherine had at least four children, although their only known daughter died young. Edmund, Jasper and Owen, the three sons born to the couple, were all born away from court.

Catherine entered Bermondsey Abbey, possibly seeking a cure for an illness that had troubled her for some time. She made her will just three days before her death on January 3, 1437. She now rests at Westminster Abbey in Henry V’s Chantry Chapel.

After the Queen’s death, Owen and Catherine’s enemies decided to proceed against Owen for violating the the law of the remarriage of the Dowager Queen. Owen appeared before the Council, acquitting himself of all charges and was released. On his way back to Wales, he was arrested and his possessions seized. He tried to escape from Newgate jail in early 1438 and eventually ended up at Windsor Castle in July of that year.

Meanwhile, Owen and Catherine’s two older sons, Edmund and Jasper, were sent to live with Catherine de la Pole, who was abbess of Barking and sister to the Earl of Suffolk. Sometime after 1442, the King (their half-brother) took a role in their upbringing. Owen, their father, was eventually released on £2000 bail, but was pardoned in November 1439 (and the bail canceled in 1440). Owen was treated well afterwards and was in the household of the King until the mid-1450s.