Six Wives of Henry VIII
A young Henry intends to ensure his place in history by declaring war on France. But his Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, has other plans - and his own ambitions to become Pope - in mind.
Henry travels to France, but tensions between him and Francis I threaten to derail any potential for peace. In England, Wolsey learns of Buckingham's plot and Anne Boleyn arrives at court.
The Queen's nephew, Emperor Charles V, arrives in England as Henry seeks to cement his new alliance with Spain. And as Catherine worries about her future with Henry, Henry and Anne grow closer.
A brush with death spurs Henry to seek a solution to his lack of an heir. Princess Margaret finally faces the moment she has been dreading: her marriage to the elderly King of Portugal.
Henry presses Wolsey to gain a favourable ruling on his divorce as he resolves to marry Anne. And news of a betrayal by Emperor Charles V leads Henry to seek a new foreign ally.
With Wolsey away on a mission to broker a new treaty with France, Anne tries to help her father and Norfolk by planting the seeds of doubt in Henry's mind about the Cardinal's loyalty
A plague devastates England. While Anne falls ill and is sent home to her father, Wolsey uses the epidemic as an excuse to send his adversaries away from London.
The arrival of the Pope's envoy brings a decision on the King's request for a divorce closer than ever. A suspicious Henry asks Brandon to uncover whatever he can about Wolsey's motives.
Norfolk and Boleyn's campaign against Wolsey finally comes to fruition. Anne seizes an opportunity to sway Henry as he grows increasingly frustrated by the Church's indecisiveness over his divorce.
The new Chancellor begins a brutal campaign to cleanse England of all those he sees as heretics. An exiled Wolsey turns to Catherine as he makes one last attempt to return to power.