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Hanging Swords
Season Four, Episode 7
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Air date March 31, 2017
Written by Chris Atwood
Kamran Pasha
Directed by Lee Rose
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Love & Death


Unchartered Waters
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"You will be my husband in name only. I will never be happy. And I will never forgive you."
Queen Mary


Mary Learns of Elizabeth's Attempt to Stop Her Marriage
When Darnley gets a surprise visitor, his marriage to Mary hangs in the balance. Elizabeth learns her attempt to stop Mary backfired. Meanwhile, Catherine and Narcisse find King Charles and must convince him to return to the castle.


Lord Narcisse: We have a problem.
Queen Catherine: If you are referring to the fact that Charles hasn’t been seen in weeks, and he gave his crown to a present. We don’t have a problem, Narcisse, we have a disaster.

Lord Narcisse: Perhaps Charles would respond better to a strong male authority figure.
Queen Catherine: But in the absence of such a man, I will settle for you.

Queen Mary: Darnley is a better man than you think.
James Stuart: Really. Who told you that. Darnley?

Queen Catherine: You are King of France, and your sister the Queen of Spain is using your absence to threaten the sovereignty of our nation.
King Charles: Listen to yourself. You don't even care that I, your son, am alive, well and happy.
Queen Catherine: Alive and well and king of France!
King Charles: Only if I choose to return to court, which I don't!
Lord Narcisse: …Perhaps we should all...Stop talking. Before this delicious soup gets cold.

Lord Darnley: You forged a letter to end my relationship with Keira, how could you do this?!
Lady Lennox: It wasn’t easy, I paid a fortune.

(re: Charles converting to prostatism)
Queen Catherine: This is your fault.
Lord Narcisse: I should have your entire family burned at the stake.

Nicole: Now that I know how things really work around here. I'm interested in getting to know you better.
Lord Narcisse: I don't blame you, I'm a fascinating man. But the question is. Why should I be interested in you?

Queen Elizabeth: I will not be remembered as the Queen that drew first blood.

Queen Mary: You will be my husband in name only. And we will never be happy. And I will never forgive you.


Death Toll [2][3]
- Agatha Blackburn


Historical Notes

  • Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley's son was born 19 June 1566, a full year after their marriage.
  • The real was named James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, born in 1534.
  • Mary Beaton's aunt, Janet Beaton was mistress to Lord Bothwell, who become Mary Stuart's 3rd husband.
  • There was another Lord Bothwell but his name was John Ramsay, 1st Lord Bothwell and he died in 1513, at age 51. 48 years earlier. John Ramsay has a 'friendly' relationship with King James III of Scotland, his son King James IV and Henry VII of England
  • Elizabeth brought up when her sister, Mary Tudor locked her in The Tower of London.
  • Elizabeth stated her father wanted little to do with her after her mother's beheading
  • Lord Darnley traitor's father, Lord Lennox was brought up.
    • When the Parliament of Scotland rejected the Greenwich treaty, Lord Lennox changed sides and supported King Henry VIII of England's military efforts to secure a marriage. After the defeat of his supporters at the Battle of Glasgow Muir, Lennox fled once more to England.
  • 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.
  • Queen Leeza mentioned getting the Pope involved in France's affair, that would be Pope Paul IV.



  • Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Queen Mary
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Rachel Skarsten Queen Elizabeth
Celina Sinden Lady Greer
Craig Parker Lord Narcisse
Ben Geurens Gideon Blackburn
Dan Jeannotte James Stuart
Spencer MacPherson King Charles
Will Kemp Lord Darnley
Guest Staring
Adam Croasdell Lord Bothwell  
Anastasia Phillips Queen Leeza
Ann Pirvu Nicole Touchet  
Nola Augustson Lady Lennox
Philip Riccio Ambassador Richards
Sara Garcia Lady Keira
Macy Drouin Agatha Blackburn
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


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