The grandest and most expensive production in Danish film history tells a spectacularly-mounted tale of Byzantine royal intrigue, power games and betrayal based on the true experiences of Queen Margrete the First.
The year is 1402. Fifty-year-old Margrete (Trine Dyrholm) has achieved what no man has managed before: she has gathered Denmark, Norway and Sweden together into a peaceful union. However as a woman, she is forbidden from the throne, so governs indirectly through her adopted son, King Erik (Morte Hee Andersen).
Despite her achievement, the alliance is precarious, with the fledgling Nordic union beset by enemies. So to secure the territory’s future, Margrete’s plan is to broker a marriage between Erik and English princess Philippa (daughter of Henry V). What she is not anticipating is a conspiracy within her own ranks, and when a mysterious man (Jakob Oftebro) professes to be Margrete’s long dead biological son she’s faced with an impossible dilemma…
“It all makes for a more riveting “what might have happened” mystery, a history lesson with a caveat and a damned entertaining one at that.” ~Roger Moore, Movie Nation