King Henry asked Charles Brandon to escort his sister, princess Margaret, to her betrothed, the old Portuguese king, and for the occasion creates him Duke of Suffolk. Envoys from the Habsburg king of Spain, who was recently elected Holy Roman-Emperor Charles V, meet with Cardinal Woolsey and agree to cement an eternal treaty between their nations against France -Woolsey is ordered to build the greatest navy in Europe, spending Henry's father's rich inheritance- by engaging Henry's kid daughter princess Mary to wed Charles himself, who promises Woolsey a generous pension and support at a bid for the papacy. Anne Boleyn catches the King's notice in a sumptuous masque (play and masked ball) staged by composer William Cornish, her father the diplomat is promoted Knight of the Garter and comptroller of the royal household, she named lady in waiting to queen Katherine of Aragon. The Emperor is invited to the King's court. Thomas More is knighted for his help with the king's anti-Luther ... Written by
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King Henry tells Sir Thomas More that he is "not a saint." Sir Thomas More does, in fact, go on to become a saint. He was canonized in 1935 for his allegiance to the Pope during the English Reformation. See more
The papal politics depicted have no clear relation to actual events. A Pope Alexander is depicted as on his death bed at the time of the Field of the Cloth of Gold meeting between Henry and Francis (in 1520), whereas the actual pope at that time, Leo X, died suddenly at the very end of 1521, and there had not been a pope named Alexander since 1503, before the beginning of Henry's reign. A Cardinal Orsini is depicted as being elected following the death of the fictional Alexander, which, again, does not correspond to actual history, when the Emperor's tutor Adrian of Utrecht was elected to succeed Leo, and, following his death just a year later, Cardinal Medici, who as Clement VII would refuse to permit Henry's divorce, was elected to the papal throne. See more
King Henry VIII
[speaking to Wolsey about court funds
My father was a careful man, a shrewd man, a businessman. He left me a great deal of money, Your Eminence. I intend to spend it.
Playford's Dancing Master, First Edition (1651) See more