John is promoted to Brigadier and much to Sarah's dismay, is off to Holland. There is much intrigue at court with Titus Oates telling King Charles II there is a Jesuit plot to have him killed and install a Catholic King on the throne. There are plotters on all sides however, with others out to discredit the King's brother, the Duke of York and the Earl of Danby, Lord Treasurer. Lord Shaftsbury urges the King to either divorce his wife an remarry in order to producer a Protestant heir or recognize his illegitimate son, the Duke of Monmouth, as his legitimate heir. The King refuses both requests but does ask his brother and heir James, Duke of York to leave the Catholic church in favor of the Church of England. He refuses to do so. Sidney Godolphin is the father of a new son but his wife Meg dies in childbirth.
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Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
[to her husband, as he is about to make love to her in their bed upon his return from a long absence
Wait. Should you not take off your spurs?
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough
Damn my spurs.