The succession to the crown of England is in doubt and causes King Henry's daughter and nephew to compete for the throne. Church politics see Philip, a monk, elected the new prior, which leaves him indebted to Deacon Waleran.

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On the death of King Henry I, there is a schism in the succession leading eventually to civil war during a period now known as the Anarchy. Before his death, the King had sought the support of the noblemen and the clergy in favor of his newborn grandson, the future Henry II and requested that they all recognize his daughter Maude as the rightful ruler until his grandson comes of age. Henry's nephew Stephen has his eye on the throne and with the support of the Church, is soon crowned King. Maude has her supporters however, including Bartholomew, the Earl of Shiring, whose nemesis Percy Hamleigh would like nothing better than to find an excuse to take his lands and his title. Meanwhile a monk, Philip, returns to Kingsbridge Priory when his mentor falls gravely ill and receives an interesting offer from Father Waleran - in return for the Priory's support in making him Bishop, Philip will be made Prior. Meanwhile, Tom Builder, a stone mason, travels the countryside with his wife, daughter... Written by garykmcd

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In this episode, King Henry I dies in 1138, shortly after his grandson Henry, son of Maud, was born. King Henry I died in 1135. See more »

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Stephen: There's Gloucester.
Archbishop: The king's bastard? He will never inherit.
Stephen: There's the king's legitimate daughter, Maud.
Archbishop: A child. And female.
Stephen: Then, I suppose, there's me. But I'm only the king's nephew.
Archbishop: And... grandson of William the Conqueror. This shipwreck puts you in direct line to the throne, my good Stephen, which we will support when the time comes. Since, unlike the king, you hold the Church in high esteem.
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Retreat Trumpets
Composed by Dirk Freymuth
Performed by Dirk Freymuth
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