- Sir Boleyn is made a Lord.
- Henry's bastard son Henry Fitzroy is given a handful of titles and recognized as the next heir to the crown, above Henry's legitimate daughter Princess Mary. He becomes sick and dies soon thereafter.
- King Charles of Spain marries Princess Isabella of Portugal and breaks his treaty with England for a million-pound dowry.
- Brandon marries Princess Margaret without the king's permission. They are exiled from court and their London properties. Henry doesn't recognize the marriage and threatens Brandon's life.
- Henry tells Katherine their marriage is over. He blames canonical and ecclesiastical law, saying their union was never legal.
- Wolsey convenes a special court to annul Henry's marriage, but they can't come to a consensus. Wolsey tells Henry he'll have to go directly to the Pope for his divorce.
- Anne agrees to the king's proposal to becomes his "official mistress" and promises him a male heir when they are married. Moved by this, Henry agrees to allow her to keep her maidenhead until they are married.
- Compton and Trilling become lovers.
- Henry is ready to ally himself with the French again and reinstate his daughter's engagement to one of the king's sons.
- King Charles invades and sacks Rome. He takes the Pope prisoner, which doesn't bode well for Henry's divorce prospects.
I think the most shocking thing that happened tonight (in my opinion, of course) was Henry lying to More about the annulment. I thought More was someone Henry relied on to be his moral compass (when it suited him) and his sounding board. I thought Henry could tell his friend anything, but that clearly isn't the case. Henry is isolating himself more and more from the one person, perhaps the only person, who can keep him somewhat grounded. He's getting way too big for his britches and I'm itching for him to be knocked down a peg or two - which he is, when he learns about the Pope being held hostage. Good luck to Henry with getting that divorce now.
On the other hand, I am really starting to admire Katherine. She's playing her cards extremely well. I was concerned her note to King Charles was going to get her in trouble with Henry, but for now she's safe. As long as she can stay married to Henry, she still wields a lot of power and influence. And it doesn't hurt that the English people love her. I think she was also wise in revealing to Anne that she knows her game, and I also loved that she didn't even have to speak a word to get her point across. We all know what happens, but I want Katherine to fight as long and as hard as she can. Henry's no prize, but being the Queen of England has its privileges.
Leading a life of privilege is something Anne is looking forward to. Henry has managed to charm her with his words and actions and she's falling for him. A guess it's a big deal to be the king's one and only mistress. She must feel very special. In a way, I think she's falling for him to spite all her male relatives. Since they are strategically controlling everything else about her "courtship" with Henry, she's trying to control the only thing she can - her heart. But she's not doing a very good job. If she were a true player who expected to excel at this game, she'd keep her heart out of it. But she's young, and Henry is Henry.
Another pair who is doomed in love right now is Brandon and Princess Margaret. Well, if not in love, they are certainly in lust. They've angered the king by marrying without his permission and are currently banished. I was confused, though, when Brandon met with Compton at the 19th century equivalent of a dive bar. He said he didn't always make the best decisions. Does that mean he's not in love with Margaret? Or can it mean that he is, but knows he didn't go about marrying her the right way? Hmm. I do like those two together, though.
One marriage that's definitely for show is Compton's. I had no idea he was gay. With his position he has a lot to lose if he's exposed. I'm interested to see how the relationship will play out.
As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts about the episode. And all those history buffs out there, please weigh in with your opinions.
Highlights: Sir Boleyn is made a Lord. Henrys bastard son Henry Fitzroy is given a handful of titles and recognized as the next heir to the crown, above Henrys legitimate daughter Princess Mary. He becomes sick and dies soon thereafter. King Charles of Spain marries Princess Isabella of Portugal and breaks his treaty with England for a million-pound dowry. Brandon marries Princess Margaret without the kings permission. They are exiled from court and their London properties. Henry doesnt recognize the marriage and threatens Brandons life. Henry tells Katherine their marriage is over. He blames canonical and ecclesiastical law, saying their union was never legal. Wolsey convenes a special court to annul Henrys marriage, but they cant come to a consensus. Wolsey tells Henry hell have to go directly to the Pope for his divorce. Anne agrees to the kings proposal to becomes his official ...