‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was There Really a Gay Affair in Mary’s Court?

(Spoilers ahead for “Mary Queen of Scots”)“Mary, Queen of Scots,” the feature film debut of stage director Josie Rourke, is filled with all of the backstabbing, palace intrigue and secrecy you’d expect from the Elizabethan era.One of the film’s secrets actually leads to a treasonous bit of palace intrigue and literal backstabbing.In “Mary, Queen of Scots,” which stars Saoirse Ronan in the titular role and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I, Mary’s Italian-born courtier and confidant David Rizzio (Ismael Cruz Cordova) is heavily implied to be gay.

Mary says at one point during the film, as he’s dressed in a dress pretending to be one of her chambermaids, that she does not hold Rizzio’s “nature” against him.The historical record is unclear, but Rourke told TheWrap,

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