What an exciting episode. There wasn't one person I didn't feel for tonight.
Henry: He just wants his divorce already. He's clearly in love with Anne and is determined to be with her. Anne does her part by casting doubt on Wolsey and his loyalties. Henry sends Cromwell to the pope to make his position clear, and he sends Brandon to King Francis in Paris to get his opinion on Cardinal Campeggio, the Pope's designate in London, and on Wolsey.
Wolsey: He sees what's happening around him and is trying everything in his power to help Henry get his divorce. He tells Campeggio that papal influence in London will be done if Henry doesn't get his way. Wolsey knows Brandon, Norfolk and Boleyn are against him. After More sees Wolsey on his knees, More's actions thereafter show that More is firmly against Wolsey, too.
More: Although his religious beliefs of late are alarming (to me), he still seems to want justice. He proves this by giving Katherine access to one of Henry's bishops, who will speak for her in court.
Katherine: The people love her. Not only do they cheer loudly - louder for her than for their king - when she arrives in court, but they continue cheering for her when she leaves before the divorce proceedings are finished.
Anne: She loves the king and can't hide her jealousy when he tells her he must share Katherine's table and her bed so she won't pursue a countersuit against him in court. Anne is eager to start planning their wedding, but she doesn't know when he'll be free.
Now that the sweating sickness has swept through London and taken its toll, things return to normal at court. Both Henry and Anne are anxious for his divorce.
Cardinal Campeggio suggests a solution to the king's little problem: Katherine can abdicate her throne and retire to a nunnery. Katherine rejects his solution although Wolsey begs for her to take the deal. Katherine appeals to Campeggio in confession, telling him she was a virgin when she came to the king, uncorrupted by any man. She even gives Campeggio permission to break the seal of her confession and let it be known to the world. After Campeggio hears this he goes to Henry and assures him that any children the king has with Anne will be legitimized by the pope. Henry will not accept that as an option.
In other couples news, Margaret and Brandon are back at court and Thomas Tallis has gone to see Jane, the twin who survived the sickness. Both Margaret and Brandon aren't happy with Henry, but Brandon knows they must go back. Margaret is hesitant because she can't stand Anne, but Brandon knows he needs to be at court to help bring Wolsey down. Before they leave, Margaret tells him she knows he's been unfaithful. Brandon tries to comfort her, but she won't hear it. Thomas goes to see Jane in the country. Jane doesn't understand why he's there since she knows he liked her twin better. Thomas admits he wants to explore the world and have adventures and he wants her there with him. But first, he'd like to explore her body.
- It was so nice seeing More with the queen. I like that there are ethical and scrupulous people at court (only More comes to mind right now) who are attempting to do the right thing.
- Brandon finally realized how much he hurt his wife after he propositions Francis' wife and she turns him down. I don't think he'll be faithful and I don't think he'll go back to loving Margaret, but he did seem to realize what he'd been doing to her.
- Campeggio knows how to play this game, and he plays it well. He talks to Mendoza about the queen and what her being deposed would mean to the emperor. After he's attacked by Wolsey he assures him he knows exactly what's at stake for the papacy in London if they don't grant the king his divorce.
- Anne continues to play her part in the schemes of her father, her uncle and Brandon. She plants the seeds of doubt about Wolsey; she tells Henry Wolsey is delaying his divorce. Although Henry tells Wolsey he still trusts him, that's not the case.
- Call me naive but I was surprised when the queen's lawyers turned on her. Clearly it's wise to be on Henry's side but they, in theory, answer only to God. I hope they were in fear for their mortal souls.
- I may have mentioned this before, but I'll mention it again. I'm not religious. So, I don't understand the significance of the book Cromwell gave Anne. It was clear she would be declared a heretic if she was caught with it, but what exactly was its purpose? I'm counting on you to enlighten me.
- What was up with Jane's dead sister? It was kind of creepy when both Jane and Thomas saw her the first time, but did she have to be in bed with them? Yuck.
The best moment tonight for me was when Katherine made her appeal directly to Henry, not to the court. He looked devastated by this and must have realized everything he'd just said and that everything he wants seemed to be slipping away. I've got to give it to Katherine: She played her hand extremely well. It's been hard to watch her continually be cut down and outmaneuvered, but she really stood up for herself in court. No wonder the English people loved her. I'm a little in love myself.
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What an exciting episode. There wasnt one person I didnt feel for tonight.Henry: He just wants his divorce already. Hes clearly in love with Anne and is determined to be with her. Anne does her part by casting doubt on Wolsey and his loyalties. Henry sends Cromwell to the pope to make his position clear, and he sends Brandon to King Francis in Paris to get his opinion on Cardinal Campeggio, the Popes designate in London, and on Wolsey.Wolsey: He sees whats happening around him and is trying everything in his power to help Henry get his divorce. He tells Campeggio that papal influence in London will be done if Henry doesnt get his way. Wolsey knows Brandon, Norfolk and Boleyn are against him. After More sees Wolsey on his knees, More's actions thereafter show that More is firmly against Wolsey, too.More: Although his religious beliefs of late are alarming (to me), he still seems to want justice. He proves this by giving Katherine access to one of H...