• Renaissance

    Boleyn series coming to the US via PBS

    I’m taking a short break from France to say that I just heard on Twitter that the three- part series The Boleyns: A Scandalous History is coming to the US in August 2022. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that it’s going to air on PBS. I mean, it’s the best place in the US to hear a British accent. It’s not like BBCAmerica is going to pick up anything cultural from the UK,

  • Medici,  Movies

    Starz casts actress to play Catherine de Medici in new series

    The new Starz historical drama has finally found their lead, casting a Swiss actress to play Catherine de Medici. Morton has experience in the era, having played Mary Queen of Scots previously. The upcoming series is titled The Serpent Queen, which I initially assumed meant it was based on Jean Plaidy trilogy about Catherine. It’s instead based on Leonie Frieda’s 2004 biography of Catherine, Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France. Hopefully, with a biography as a basis, they’ll get some facts right about Catherine. Fingers crossed. Edited to Add: Based on the later castings, I’m going to go with a “No” in the historical accuracy. Oh well. I also…