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Medieval Life and Death: Part 1 

It's a time of upheaval in England and no less so than in Knightbridge. King Edward II has been defeated in battle by his wife Queen Isabella and she crowns their son who becomes King ... See full summary »

Writers:

Ken Follett (based on the book by), John Pielmeier (written for television by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Nixon ... Petranilla
Ben Chaplin ... Sir Thomas Langley
Peter Firth ... Earl Roland
Charlotte Riley ... Caris
Tom Weston-Jones ... Merthin
Rupert Evans ... Godwyn
Nora von Waldstätten ... Gwenda
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Ralph
Blake Ritson ... Edward III
Sarah Gadon ... Philippa
Carlo Rota ... Edmund
Aure Atika ... Queen Isabella
Megan Follows ... Maud
Tatiana Maslany ... Sister Meir
Tom Cullen ... Wulfric
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Storyline

It's a time of upheaval in England and no less so than in Knightbridge. King Edward II has been defeated in battle by his wife Queen Isabella and she crowns their son who becomes King Edward III. With the Queen's authority Sir Roland returns to Kingsbridge as the new Earl of Shiring, arresting the current Earl for treason. Roland agrees to spare the lives of his two sons, with Ralph becoming his squire while Merthin is apprenticed to Elfric Builder. He also arrests Edmund Wooler but the condemned man's daughter Caris and his sister Petranilla buy his freedom. Caris takes an interest in medicine and learns from Mattie Wise, the barber's daughter. A wounded Knight, Sir Thomas Langley, makes his way to Kingsbridge priory in the hope of becoming a monk. He carries a great secret. Written by garykmcd

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

17 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary See more »

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Goofs

The "poisonous" mushroom used by Petranilla to poison Caris' mother is clearly a Chanterelle and very edible. The only lookalike to a Chanterelle that is mildly poisonous is a Jack-o-lantern which only would give cramps but would not be lethal so a poor choice if you would want to kill someone. Jack-o-lantern is also not indigenous to the UK and almost impossible to find. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Petranilla: She is young and willful. She only needs taming.
Elfric: I need a wife, not a horse.
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