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Coup de Grace
Season Four, Episode 13
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Air date May 19, 2017
Written by John J. Sakmar
Kerry Lenhart
Directed by Megan Follows
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The Shakedown


A Bride. A Box. A Body.
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"He doesn’t love you anymore than you love my brother."
Prince Henri


It's Husband Against Wife as Darnley Works to Ruin Mary
Darnley teams up with John Knox to strip Mary of her throne, which will leave a close friend of Mary's dead. Elizabeth must banish Gideon from Court at the request of her future husband, while Charles takes a bold stance against his brother Henri.


Captain: Isn't it enough that your brother already butchered the man who owned this ship?!
Prince Henri: It is not!

Prince Henri: With you whispering in his ear after Narcisse has whispered in yours.
Nicole Touchet: You think Narcisse is manipulating me?
Prince Henri: I think you're a beautiful, ambitious, young woman who's learned to pull the strings of men, and yed can't see when her own strings are being pulled. You're still a naive farm girl at heart.
Nicole Touchet: You don't know what you're talking about. Thanks for the stroll.
Prince Henri: He doesn't love you any more than you love my brother. Meet me tomorrow, I'll prove it to you before he breaks your heart.


Death Toll [1][2]
- David Rizzio


Historical Notes

  • Not long after their marriage, King Darnley grew arrogant. Not content with his position as king Consort, he demanded The Crown Matrimonial, which would have made him a co-sovereign of Scotland with the right to keep the Scottish throne for himself if he outlived his wife. Mary, Queen of Scots refused his request, and their marriage grew strained even though they conceived a child by October 1565.
  • By March 1566, King Darnley had entered into a secret conspiracy with Protestant lords, including the nobles who had rebelled against Mary, Queen of Scots in the Chaseabout Raid.
  • There is no reference to David Rizzio being a homosexual.
  • David Rizzio was murdered on March 9 March 1566.
  • David Rizzio and Mary, Queen of Scots had known each other for approximately 5 years as they had met in 1561, after Mary's return to Scotland, until his death in 1566.
  • Mary, Queen of Scots was 7 months pregnant, and was held at gunpoint and Riccio was stabbed numerous times. He was stabbed 56 times by King Darnley, and his friends. His murder was lead by Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven
  • Two days after David Rizzio's murder, a disillusioned King Darnley switched sides, and Mary, Queen of Scots received her brother, James Stuart at Holyrood Palace. On the night of March 11/12, Darnley and Mary escaped from the palace and took temporary refuge in Dunbar Castle before returning to Edinburgh, Scotland on 18 March. The former rebels James Stuart, Argyll and Glencairn were restored to the council.
  • Mary, Queen of Scots and King Darnley escaped from (and returned to) Holyrood Palace, not Edinburgh Castle as the visuals show. However, they are just over a mile apart.
  • King Charles IX never had a mistress named 'Nicole' however he did have a mistress named Marie Touchet, who would be 16 at the time and was born a farm girl before coming to French Court. They had a son together 8 years later in 1573.
  • Prince Henri said he doesn't care for Queen Elizabeth, however 5 years later in 1570, Prince Henri and Queen Elizabeth were in talks to possibly marry and produce an heir. Elizabeth is viewed by historians as having intended only to arouse the concern of Spain. Nothing ever happened, as Elizabeth was 37, to Prince Henry's 19.
  • There was speculation that King Henry III was a homosexual. He never had any children, accompanied by rumors os his alleged affairs with his Les Mignons. However, no male sex partners have ever been identified. The rumors were believed to have been political assassination since he failed to produce an heir.
  • Queen Elizabeth was never in a romantic relationship with Archduke Ferdinand. He was still married to his first wife, and would be for another 15 years until 1580.



  • Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Queen Mary
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Rachel Skarsten Queen Elizabeth
Craig Parker Lord Narcisse
Ben Geurens Gideon Blackburn
Spencer MacPherson King Charles
Will Kemp King Darnley
Guest Staring
Adam Croasdell Lord Bothwell
Andrew Shaver David Rizzio
John Shaver Unknown
John Ralston Lord Ruthven
Nick Slater Prince Henri
Ann Pirvu Nicole Touchet
Steve Byers Archduke Ferdinand
Megan Hutchings Jane
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


Related Pages

Pages relating to Coup de Grace are the following:

Mary and DarnleyMary and Bothwell
Mary and Darnley's Wedding • •
Narcisse and Catherine
Elizabeth and Gideon