It takes a hell of a woman to be in the middle of a love triangle. It’s not every female who can handle being at the center of an intense game of tug of war with hearts (and sometimes lives!) at stake. Take Mary, Queen of Scots, for example. Her tempestuous love triangle is central to the plot of Reign, a new CW drama premiering tonight at 9/8c. In it, a ravishing, teenaged Mary is betrothed to would-be king, Prince Francis, yet Francis’ bad-boy illegitimate half-brother has feelings for Mary. And while the triangle in Reign is strictly made for TV (and is certainly juicy enough to fit the bill), there were plenty of other real-life love triangles throughout history that were just as scandalous. Here we count down our top five…
1. Cleopatra, Mark Antony & Julius Caesar
First off, there’s the extraordinary Cleopatra. What she and Mark Antony had was more of a quadrangle than a triangle, considering they carried out their passionate affair in spite of not one, but two of Antony’s wives.
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