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Season 3 Episode
Season 3, Episode 11
King Charles' Coronation
Air date April 25, 2016
Written by April Blair
Directed by Charles Binamé
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Bruises That Lie


No Way Out
"Show people you are worthy of the post you hold, and no one will remember how you rose to it."


Mary, Elizabeth and Catherine Must Decide Who They Can Trust
Mary must find a powerful suitor to align herself with as Charles' impending Coronation looms. Lola stumbles upon the identity of Elizabeth's poisoner, while Catherine becomes a new kind of victim for the castle's serial killer.


While on duty, a rat catcher unearths a human corpse in the castle catacombs.

Preparations for Charles' coronation are in full force, with Queen Catherine in charge of them. Just as Lord Fluret, Catherine's accountant, is bemoaning the cost of it all, the butcher lets them know that the piglets for the feast await slaughter. Lord Fluret points out how unnecessarily extravagant it is, but the butcher likes it as he enjoys the squeal of a pig. Christophe overhears their encounter.

Mary is strolling with her advisor. Word of John Knox and his influence in Scotland tilting to Protestantism has reacher her. Knox hates women and would much rather have a man on the throne. But there is a way to push back against Knox - a strong marriage alliance, which Mary hopes to secure with Eric of Sweden.


Sebastian: Show people you are worthy of the post you hold, and no one will remember how you rose to it.

Sebastian: The butcher still insists on his innocence.
Queen Catherine: As all men do before they swing.

Queen Mary: I will not be chased out of my country before I've even returned.

Queen Mary: I will fight fire with fire.

Queen Mary: I am a queen and a fighter, and a woman who will stop at nothing to save Scotland.

Gideon Blackburn: The day may come when we, you and I, find ourselves facing off against each other across a battlefield. What would you do then?
Queen Mary: I will be forced to strike you down.


Death Toll [4][5] [6]
- 1 Peasant
- 1 Noble
- Lord Fluret
- The Butcher


Historical Notes[]

  • Eric XIV of Sweden is indeed King, and was crowned on 29 June 1561.
  • William Cecil was considered the most important minister during Elizabeth's reign. He served her until his death in 1598, after which his son took up the position.
  • John Knox was a Scottish clergyman, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation. He was born in 1513 and lived to be 59. In 1564 he married Margaret Stewart, a distant relative of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Storming the gates of Edinburgh Castle would be a foolish move as it is a war castle. Royalty stayed at Hollyrood Castle 1 mile down when visiting Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • King Charles' coronation took place on 15 May 1561.



  • Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Queen Mary
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Rachel Skarsten Queen Elizabeth
Torrance Coombs Sebastian
Anna Popplewell Lady Lola
Craig Parker Lord Narcisse
Ben Geurens Gideon Blackburn
Guest Staring
Nathaniel Middleton Christophe
Giles Panton Lord Cunningham
Christopher Jacot The Butcher
Tom Everett Scott William Cecil
Spencer MacPherson King Charles
Keith Dinicol Lord Fluret
Josh Cruddas Rat Chatcher
Marie Syrgiannis Governess
Sofie Holland Alice
Macy Drouin Agatha Blackburn
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut



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