By Ally Hamzey
I owe the CW Television Network the majority of knowledge I have about royalty in Scotland in the 1600s. The CW‘s deliciously addictive historical drama show, Reign, has sparked my interest in the medieval and renaissance and periods. Whether the information on the show about European royalty in the 1500s was accurate or not (okay, yeah there are some definite discrepancies in accuracy) it still sparked an interest in that period that was previously non existent. Television and movies have that very power to introduce topics you would’ve not usually or ever been exposed to if there wasn’t the presence of media. Luckily for me, in contemporary times, television allows me to be introduced to enthralling topics such as the intricate and awing lives of royals such as Mary, Queen of Scots.
Needless to say, seeing artifacts from Mary Queen of Scots’ reign in the National Museum of Scotland resulted in a few excited hand motions and or squeals from myself. Her tomb was absolutely breathtaking, and the jewelry she wore was just incredible.
Learning about the foundations of Scottish heritage and history was a very helpful insight into the contemporary Scotland we are inhabiting today. Monarchy and religion are such prominent parts of the culture in this country, and it was helpful to see how it all began.
Speaking of gaining a better perspective of Scottish culture- we attended The Scotch Whisky Experience, an interactive tour of the history of Scottish whisky and the process of making whisky. We took an interactive ride on a “whisky barrel” as we sat back and watched the history of whisky unfold. We learned about the significance of whisky to Scottish culture and the complex, tedious process of creating the alcohol.
Finally, in order to attain the true Scottish experience, we taste tested among various choices of whisky. It was crucial to drink whisky at the distillery, for the sake of cultural understanding, of course!