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-Olivia-- a young noblewoman who used to live in French court--is returning, when her carriage is set upon by pagans in the woods.
-Her driver and lady-in-waiting are slaughtered, but she makes it to her destination--and to Francis.
-Olivia was Francis's first love, and first lover. Gossip about their coupling led to her being considered unmarriageable by others.
-Francis resists Olivia's advances, but Mary is heartbroken to hear that Olivia tried to seduce him.
-Francis agrees that Olivia may stay in French court for the time being.
-Mary and Francis argue about Olivia's role in the court, and about the future of their relationship.
-Angered, Mary gets drunk with Bash, and kisses him. He kisses her back. Francis watches from afar.
-Mary is ashamed, Francis is angered--and it turns out that Olivia has been working under orders from Queen Catherine this whole time.
-Catherine aims for Olivia to break Francis and Mary up-- after which, she will replace Mary as the future queen of France.
-Catherine catches Aylee stealing a ring from Mary, and blackmails her into bringing her the letters that Mary posts to her mother back in Scotland.
-But Aylee has revealed the blackmail to Mary, who devises a scheme.
-Bash is confronted by a pagan from the forest, who tells him that he has run afoul of the forest people by interfering with their rituals, and thus must select a person to be sacrificed to make amends.
-Bash refuses, and the young pagan jumps out a castle window, to his death.