I love Francesca Bridgerton, the third daughter of Lord and Lady Bridgerton from Julia Quinn’s fantastic historical romance series. With eight older brothers, she’s used to being in their shadow, but even though she takes it all in stride and loves her family dearly, she has her own dreams and ambitions that aren’t always easy to fulfill as the youngest daughter of an earl who doesn’t want her to marry beneath her station. What Everyone Gets Wrong About Francesca Bridgerton

She’s not simply The Quiet One

It’s no secret that Ruby Stokes, who plays Francesca Bridgerton on The Bachelorette, is known for being quiet. But what do we make of someone who is quiet? It’s not necessarily a personality trait but more likely one developed from constantly feeling pressure to live up to societal expectations about talking and being sociable in social situations. Don’t get me wrong—I love having Ruby as my favorite new-favorite contestant on The Bachelorette. I just want her to feel like she can talk if she wants to, and she doesn’t have to be afraid of what anyone thinks about it.

She doesn’t give in to Fitzwilliam Darcy

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Ruby Stokes plays a 19th-century woman with aplomb. She plays her part well. So well, in fact, that she didn’t give me what I wanted. What I wanted was for her to play Francesca Bridgerton—the heroine of Julia Quinn’s Fitzwilliam Darcy Takes a Wife, which also served as inspiration for Bridgertons—as someone who would give up everything to be with Fitzwilliam Darcy.

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Francesca Bridgerton
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Francesca Bridgerton

She’s independent

The beauty of Francesca is that she doesn’t have to be married to find happiness. But Ruby Stokes’ beauty extends far beyond that; she is strong, tough, brave and independent — traits that deserve more attention. Sure, some may argue that these are masculine characteristics, but they are what makes her captivating as a woman. She has gone head-to-head with Anthony Bridgerton in battle (and won!) and in business (and also won). She can protect herself physically and emotionally — two crucial elements of independence we don’t often see depicted on screen. And while her story may start out with rescuing a kitten from a tree, it quickly becomes evident that Ruby is quite capable of saving herself.

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She stands up for what she believes in

Known as something of a firebrand, a trait that has shown itself to be especially true in her marriage to Colin, Francesca stands up for what she believes in. After all, who else would put up with Colin Bridgerton? She is not afraid to do what she thinks is right (be it teaching orphans or giving up a good marriage so that her husband can follow his dream) and she isn’t going to let anyone tell her otherwise. If you want to know how to make someone fall in love with you, then learn from Francesca—you’ve got be willing to fight for what you believe in.

She knows her mind

Many readers make a huge mistake in assuming that because Francesca is kind and sweet and unassuming, she is somehow weak-minded. In reality, however, she’s one of those rare heroines who know exactly what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. She’s not afraid to take risks or to ask for help (both of which are particularly impressive given her upbringing). As Mrs. Featherstone says, [y]ou’re going after what you want…I like that in a girl. Keep going after what you want, Lizzie!

She isn’t easily swayed by others

If you’ve read any of the Bridgerton books (The Bridgertons, The Next Generation series), you know how quickly people—especially people that Francesca is attracted to—can sway her judgment. She’s young and impulsive and she can be drawn in by someone who she thinks will be a good influence. While she has made some rather bad decisions in her life, it’s important to remember that none of those bad decisions was based on someone convincing her to do something wrong. Some of those bad decisions were based on being led astray by someone else, but none of them were just because she was easily swayed.

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Francesca Bridgerton
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Francesca Bridgerton

She never compromises on her morals

In a series in which practically every single female character is trying to find her place in society, Francesca stands out as someone who doesn’t seem to care what others think of her. She is outspoken and never compromises on her morals or values. However, she isn’t written as an obnoxious feminist—she’s a well-rounded character that’s easy to relate to even if you don’t agree with everything she says. Her feminist personality trait allows for some excellent commentary about society and how women are treated by it. She just wants people to stop lying: At its core, The Bridgerton Series explores lies, relationships and friendships between characters who know each other so well that they can read each other better than most people can read themselves.

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Why is Ruby Stokes not in Bridgerton?

(Ruby Stokes) is a young English actress. She has been in two tv series, Downton Abbey and Bridget Jones’s Baby. She was also in three movies: Testament of Youth, which came out in 2014, Saving Mr. Banks from 2013 and then 2012’s The Eagle with Channing Tatum. These are her main acting roles to date but she has only played small roles in them so for now we will consider her a rising star.

Why is Francesca bridgerton absent?

In seasons 1 and 2, there are 5 Bridgerton siblings: Benedict, Colin, Anthony, Daphne and Emma. All of them except for Daphne have significant roles in both seasons. Some fans thought that since Daphne was too old to be a romantic option for Anthony’s book it didn’t make sense to introduce her younger sister Francesca. In reality though, there were multiple factors that made introducing another member of his family impractical at that time.

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Which one is Francesca Bridgerton?

Ruby Stokes as Francesca Fanny Bridgerton, was born in April of 1802 to Colin and Felicity Bridgerton. Fanny is one of eight children; her older brother, Benedict, is her guardian until he marries (1:9). Her younger siblings are twins Calliope and Alexandra, as well as Camilla, Hero, Colin Jr., Penelope and Edmund.

Where is Francesca on Bridgerton?

In a lot of ways, Francesca is an anomaly. She’s a female character in what has been largely cast as a male series. With over 10 (and counting) male characters named to date, fans have constantly asked, where is she? or is she ever coming? The answer: yes! She is coming and no, not everyone knows she exists.

Did they recast Francesca in Bridgerton?

You probably didn’t notice when watching season one of The Bridgertons (and I won’t tell anyone if you didn’t), but everyone seemed to like Ruby Stokes playing Francesca. However, it was announced a couple weeks ago that she wouldn’t be returning for season two. While it may not be much consolation right now, let me tell you why her departure is good news—for everyone.

Who is the 6th Bridgerton child? What Everyone Gets Wrong About Francesca Bridgerton

In case you’re unfamiliar with them, here is a quick synopsis: The Bridgertons are a family of aristocrats living in Regency-era England. There are eight siblings and they’ve each had their own book as part of Julia Quinn’s wonderful series. In reality, though, it’s really ten siblings because Julia added two extra characters – Faith and Hope. Together they make up an 11th book titled The Duke and I. For those that haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend!

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