There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
If there is only 1 winner from the "A" section bidding, I presume the player only gets to place ONE family member in the King's council (and not get both spots or choose one or the other). Is that correct?
Right, winner gets King only. Second place gets church only.
Remember that at the beginning of the game, start player puts a marker on King, and 2nd player puts a marker on church, just so they are never empty during the game.