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The “sweating sickness” runs rampant through the kingdom, claiming someone close to Henry and afflicting someone even closer; Henry's lawyer-envoys present “legal arguments” to Pope Clement for the dissolution of his marriage to Katherine; Sir Thom (more…)
A papal emissary and Cardinal Wolsey enjoin the king to give up his divorce petition, and when he does not, they try to persuade Katherine to abdicate her marriage and “retreat to a nunnery.” When the Queen refuses, she is brought before a papal court (more…)
Cardinal Wolsey, unsuccessful in securing a divorce for the King, is removed from office, stripped of authority and banished from court, and Sir Thomas More is offered the job as his successor; Margaret takes ill; Anne threatens to leave court.