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: Ah, Mr. Cranmer! Thomas Cranmer
: I'm so sorry to be late, Mr. Cromwell. It's completely unforgivable. Thomas Cromwell
: Nonsense, we haven't even begun dining. It's good to see you. Mr. Boleyn, Mr. Wyatt, this is Mr. Cranmer. Thomas Wyatt
: Mr. Cranmer, you are a man of the cloth, I believe. Thomas Cranmer
: And are you not a poet, Mr. Wyatt? Thomas Wyatt
: That's the least of my sins. You may take one of my confessions after supper. Thomas Cromwell
: I wouldn't if I were you. It'll turn your hear white. Thomas Cromwell
: We were discussing before you arrived the progress of the Congregation of Bishops, which was called to decide upon the King's supremacy. His Majesty has wisely decided to appoint George Boleyn here to negotiate with Their Graces. George Boleyn
: I found most of them accommodating. Of course, there are a few stubborn exceptions. Thomas Cranmer
: Bishop Fisher, I assume. George Boleyn
: True. Thomas Cranmer
: May I ask who else? George Boleyn
: The archbishop himself, Warham. After years being perfectly pliable, he suddenly become rather intransigent. Thomas Wyatt
: It's because he's old, and consequently, he's closer to his maker, to whom in due course he must explain himself. Thomas Cromwell
: Well, I'm sure that there'll be a simple matter of him to explain how he helped liberate his church from superstition, religious falsehood and ecclesiastical greed.
: Majesty, this is Mr. Cranmer, of whom I have often spoken. It was Mr. Cranmer who first spoke to the fact that Your Majesty's Great Matter was a theological issue and not legal one. King Henry VIII
: Mr. Cranmer. I have desired to meet you almost above any person now living. You are most welcome here at court. Thomas Cranmer
: Majesty, I... King Henry VIII
: It's funny. Some of the greatest and most celebrated minds in my kingdom sweated and struggled over an issue which you, an obcure cleric, if you forgive me, was able to resolve with perfect simplicity and a clarity of mind which put them all to shame. Thomas Cranmer
: Majesty, I... Um... I... Thomas Cromwell
: Mr. Cranmer, His Majesty has decided to appoint you his personal chaplain. Thomas Cranmer
: I... ah... Thomas Cromwell
: You must thank His Majesty. Thomas Cranmer
] Majesty. King Henry VIII
: You are welcome here, Mr. Cranmer.
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: My lord Earl. Thomas Cromwell
: Not you, Archbishop. Stand silent a little. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: My Lord. Thomas Cromwell
: For a learned man, you're mighty slow in your wits, you've done some shameful things in your life and likely to do more before you die, so how is it I find such comfort in you? Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: Comfort I never have any to give. Thomas Cromwell
: No! I fancy when that King in there, that arrogant bag of diseased guts and crazed pride, at last comes to die, he will only go in peace if he has your hand in his. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: What comfort can you need? Thomas Cromwell
: I've seen the warrants ready and the pen dipped to sign them. Few could have been favoured with such clear notice of their deaths. Will you pay a debt for me, Archbishop? Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: You have credit with me. Thomas Cromwell
: Stay, Tom, until the Queen leaves the King tonight. Whatever happens, there will be a lady in dire need of comfort. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: Comfort again and my hands so empty... What will happen? Thomas Cromwell
: The more I know of that Lady of Cleves, the more I wonder.
: [after confessing her innocence
] You will say nothing of what happened today? Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: I can say nothing. Anne Boleyn
: And you know my innocence, for what it is. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
: I wish to God I had never known.
] Sir Thomas More
: [talking to the witnesses for his execution
] I am commanded by the King to be brief, and since I am the King's obedient subject, brief I will be. I die his Majesty's good servant but God's first.
[to the executioner
] Sir Thomas More
: I forgive you right readily.
[he gives him a coin
] Sir Thomas More
: Be not afraid of your office; you send me to God. Archbishop Cranmer
: You're very sure of that, Sir Thomas? Sir Thomas More
: He will not refuse one who is so blithe to go to him.
[he kneels and puts his head on the chopping block
: Thomas More's head was stuck on Traitors' Gate for a month, then his daughter, Margaret, removed it and kept it till her death. Cromwell was beheaded for high treason five years after More. The archbishop was burned at the stake. The Duke of Norfolk should have been executed for high treason, but the king died of syphilis the night before. Richard Rich became chancellor of England and died in his bed.
: How do you find the King, Mr. Cranmer? Thomas Cranmer
: I swear to you, Mr. Cromwell, that he really is the kindest of princes. Thomas Cromwell
: I think you were born at a happy hour, for it seems, do or say what you will, His Majesty will always take it at your hand. Thomas Cranmer
: I am not so conceited as to suppose I am anything more to His Majesty than a diligent servant. Thomas Cromwell
: Your modesty does you honour. But His Majesty clearly thinks that you are destined for better things. Which is why he has appointed you his special envoy to the court of the Emperor. Thomas Cranmer
: He can't possibly do that! What... what I mean is... why me? I... I am nothing, Mr. Cromwell. Thomas Cromwell
: His Majesty trusts you absolutely. He knows that you understand his Great Matter better than anyone else, and that you take his part. You're in a better place than most to represent him at the Imperial court. I'm sure that you'll be a great success. And on your way there, you'll have a chance to visit the city of Nurnberg. The first city wholly run by Lutherans and reformers. A city free of ancient superstitions and idolatry. Free of Popery and the abuses of the clergy. I shall look forward to your report.