The tribunal continues without the presence of the queen. Katherine has said her piece and not even the urgings of Wolsey will get her to return to court. In fact, she tells Wolsey she can't wait to see him go down. Whether or not Wolsey knows it, the English people are with Katherine.
There is nothing Wolsey can do to prevent his own downfall. Although he has threatened Campeggio, induced character witnesses to lie in court (or so we can assume), and sent More to Cambria to try to broker an agreement with France and Spain against the authority of Rome, his day has come. Norfolk, Suffolk and the Boleyns couldn't be more pleased. He is charged but his sentence is commuted by Henry, who thinks he's being benevolent. Henry offers, then commands, More to accept the position of chancellor. It's not an offer More can refuse.
Henry is assured a divorce by summer. The tribunal determines that it won't be able to make a decision until the fall, which isn't good news for Henry. Anne is also upset because she thinks Katherine's hold on Henry is too strong. She complains that she's missed her opportunity to make a good match.
Henry knows Katherine came to his bed a virgin. Even that knowledge won't prevent him from getting his divorce. He has been a faithful servant to Rome and he expects the same in return. If the tribunal won't rule in his favor, he'll denounce the pope as a heretic and get his divorce anyway. Anne gives him some Lutheran literature that will only help him make his case.
Margaret dies of consumption while her husband is out pursuing other concerns. Margaret does a good job of hiding her illness. She pretends not to want to go to court because the sight of her brother with Anne Boleyn is abhorrent to her. She doesn't even tell her husband she is sick. Can I blame him for not seeing through her act? Not really. She was doing a pretty good job hiding it.
Katherine meets the new ambassador to Spain. He presents his credentials and asks if there is anyone else in court he should introduce himself to. The queen tells him she has no allies in Henry's court.
Cromwell turns his back on Wolsey. Even though Wolsey got Cromwell his position with the king, Cromwell knows he can't further his own agenda if he publicly supports Wolsey. Although Wolsey calls on him, Cromwell ignores him.
There is peace in Europe, and papal authority is restored (but Henry's still not happy).
I enjoyed this episode. Although I had been eagerly awaiting Wolsey's final fall from grace, I still felt a little bad for him. Yes, he did many things wrong, but at the end of the day he was still trying to serve his real lord and master, King Henry. Although he technically should have feared God more than Henry, Henry has the ability to make the rest of his life on earth a living hell. And being stripped of his office and his home was pretty humiliating. But he still deserved it.
I was surprised Margaret died. Well, not surprised so much as disturbed that she didn't tell her husband or her brother. Consumption seemed to make quick work of her, but didn't she want some comfort in those last few days? Someone to take care of her? I was happy to see that her death affected both her husband and her brother, but not enough to knock Brandon out of the king's favor for too long. Oh well. I guess at the end of the day she was still just a woman.
More is an interesting guy and just keeps getting more interesting. I loved that he talked back a little to Wolsey, and I enjoy that his moral compass remains intact. He has done some scary things in the name of religion, but he seems incorruptible, which is certainly refreshing. I was happy he tried to refuse the chancellorship. But Henry pretty much gets everything he wants, so we knew More would eventually end up with the job. I don't want to give anything away, but the previews for next week's season finale scared me a little. Enough said.
And finally, there's Anne and Henry. I can't help but like these two together. I like that she has power over him and that she's not afraid to speak her mind. Granted, much of what she speaks is dictated by her father and her uncle, but still, she's got spunk. And because she hasn't yet become the Queen Anne of the history books, I think there's still something there that you can understand, that you can root for. As for Henry, I have to say I'm back to liking him. I was getting pretty annoyed with his whining, but as the king of England he was basically the most powerful guy on the planet at the time. I guess he is entitled to get whatever he wants. He knows that if the tribunal doesn't go his way, he'll still have other options. And it seems that even though his subjects are publicly supportive of the queen, they still have a lot of love for their king. He has my support, too... until he starts chopping more heads off.
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The tribunal continues without the presence of the queen. Katherine has said her piece and not even the urgings of Wolsey will get her to return to court. In fact, she tells Wolsey she cant wait to see him go down. Whether or not Wolsey knows it, the English people are with Katherine.There is nothing Wolsey can do to prevent his own downfall. Although he has threatened Campeggio, induced character witnesses to lie in court (or so we can assume), and sent More to Cambria to try to broker an agreement with France and Spain against the authority of Rome, his day has come. Norfolk, Suffolk and the Boleyns couldnt be more pleased. He is charged but his sentence is commuted by Henry, who thinks hes being benevolent. Henry offers, then commands, More to accept the position of chancellor. Its not an offer More can refuse.Henry is assured a divorce by summer. The tribunal determines that it wont be able to make a decision until the fall, which isnt good ne...