Many people are killed in the bridge collapse, including Gwenda's father, the Prior and Caris' good friend Mattie Wise. Earl Roland however is saved by his squire Ralph and successfully treated by Caris using the surgical techniques Matte had taught her. Caris tries to convince Mother Cecelia to build an inn where the sick could be treated. Roland soon marries Lady Marjorie but deals with her swiftly when he learns of her betrayal. With the Prior's death - dead thanks to his mother - Brother Godwyn makes his plans to become Prior. His main opposition is Sir Thomas Langley who he manages to convince not to run. Merthin wins the contract to build the new bridge. The king meanwhile believes he's seen a sign from God that he is the lawful King of France.