|Season Three, Episode 9|
|Air date||January 15, 2016|
|Written by|| Wendy Riss Gatsiounis |
|Directed by||Norma Bailey|
Bruises That Lie
- "I am a queen, about to marry a broken Prince for power."
- —Queen Mary
Mary and Elizabeth Find Themselves in Dire Situations
Mary becomes suspicious of Prince Don Carlos’ true condition and relies on Gideon to help her uncover the truth. Elizabeth makes a shocking discovery which could change the course of her reign over England and forces Dudley to make a tough decision. Meanwhile, Narcisse forces Claude to marry someone of his choosing, against her wishes.
Queen Elizabeth: If you love me William, you will support me-
William Cecil: Help you steal a husband?
Queen Mary: I am a queen, about to marry a broken Prince for power...
Lady Greer: You’re also a widow. Grieving the man you truly loved.
Christophe: Why are you here?
Queen Catherine: I had you followed. I am the Queen Mother.
Christophe: Well I won’t lie to you. Poverty takes it’s toll.
Queen Mary: I need proof before the wedding happens.
Gideon Blackburn: That's tomorrow.
Queen Mary: Yes. So you better get to it.
Lord Narcisse: Be grateful for the fun you had, you must have know your time would come.
Queen Mary: I feel lucky to have had it once.
- King Francis, King Philip, King Charles, Anne Boleyn and Lady Lola were all mentioned, but do not appear.
- Gideon Blackburn is revealed to have a deceased wife, and a young daughter named Agatha.
- Mary Stuart is seen twice with her Scottish Greyhound, Stirling.
- Christophe has been promoted by Queen Catherine to King's Guard.
- Lady Greer and Princess Claude have their first conversation.
- Amy Dudley makes note of Anne Boleyn's beheading.
- Mary Stuart mentions a trick her mother once showed her.  
- Greer mentioned she still conciders herself a married woman to Aloysius Castleroy.
- Elizabeth and Robert and expecting their first child.
- Don Carlos and Mary Stuart's engagement was officially called off, 2 hours before their wedding.
- Delphine and Sebastian appear to have broken up.
- Claude and Leith consumate their relationship.
- Princess Claude is officially engaged to Duke Boinel.
- The episode Synopsis, images, and title were released on December 23, 2015.
- Anna Popplewell was credited, but does not appear.
- Ben Geurens has been updated to a regular character.
- Queen Elizabeth confirmed on her death-bed she was still a virgin.
- Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth never had a sexual relationship. Though they both agreed to have loved each other deeply but knew they could never really be together.
- Amy Dudley did die at the bottom on a staircase under questionable circumstances.
- Amy Dudley was never locked up, or considered mentally unstable in her lifetime.
- Don Carlos never recovered from his head injury. He was later locked away by with father King Philip until he starved to death at 23 years old.
- Sheepskin, or more accurately referred to as Lambskin, or sheep intestines can be used as contraception, and are even used today sometimes, in place of condoms.
- The Crown Matrimonial - In law, it is a person's right to co-reign equally with his or her spouse.
- The Crown Matrimonial was sought by King Francis II of France, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, by the Parliament of Scotland and Mary's mother, Mary of Guise, who was regent of Scotland.
- Mary's 2nd husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, demanded the Crown Matrimonial. However, the plan was never realized.
|Official Pictures from each episode, and an additional 50 pictures gallery is available here.|
- Credit Order
|Adelaide Kane||Mary Stuart|
|Megan Follows||Queen Catherine|
|Rachel Skarsten||Queen Elizabeth|
|Celina Sinden||Lady Greer|
|Jonathan Keltz||Leith Bayard|
|Craig Parker||Lord Narcisse|
|Rose Williams||Princess Claude|
|Charlie Carrick||Robert Dudley|
|Ben Geurens||Gideon Blackburn|
|Mark Ghanimé||Don Carlos|
|Clara Pasieka||Amy Dudley|
|Richard De Klerk||Duke of Alba|
|Tom Everett Scott||William Cecil|
|Morgan David Jones||Jeffrey|
|Paul Beer||Archduke Forlay|
|kevin dowse||Lord Cardot|