Despite the age of consent being 14 in France, Francis was not allowed to reign. It seemed that his mother, Catherine de Merdici knew that her son would not be able to cope with being king. The government was placed in the hands of Mary’s House of Guise uncle, who were staunch supporters of the Catholic religion.
This could have been problematic for the country. The Protestants were starting to rise up, something that has been covered well so far in Reign. Francis was unable to control the uprising, which overshadowed the reigns of both his brothers who ended up taking the throne after him.
It did make sense to allow the House of Guise take over, though. Both of Mary’s uncles from that side of the family had good relationships with Henri. At first, Francis wanted his ministers to follow the orders of his mother, but she was still mourning the death of her husband and decided that it was best that they take orders from someone who would be able to give them clearly.
Francis, Duke of Guise, was one of the royal army’s most infamous commanders, while Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, was great for negotiating on religious matters. The two brothers even split the duties well, with the duke taking the military command and the cardinal taking over diplomacy, justice and finance.