As a reward for his denunciation of Martin Luther, the Pope christens Henry "Defender of the Faith," but a brush with death causes the king to seek a solution to his lack of an heir. Princess Margaret marries the decrepit King of Portugal reluctantly, but the union is short-lived; Henry's desire for Anne Boleyn intensifies.




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Henry is rewarded by Rome with the hereditary honorary title Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith) for his denunciation of Martin Luther in a writing by his own hand, helped by Thomas More, arousing great anger with Luther and his followers. Poor mister Pace has gone mad in the Tower before the innocent secretary is released; cardinal Wolsey nominates his successor: Thomas Cromwell, equally low-born and ruthlessly ambitious. A victory at Pavia by Henry's Habsburg ally, emperor Charles, who even captured the French king Francis I, is celebrated in a joust, where Henry personally fights, and failing to close his helmet gets wounded, almost losing an eye, but gets back in the saddle, as if he were invulnerable; a reckless jump over a bog with a pole which breaks and miserable medical care -bleeding- remind Henry of his mortality, which makes the king focus on the Tudor dynasty's lack of a male heir. Princess Margaret marries the old decrepit king of Portugal only when promised she may ... Written by KGF Vissers

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22 April 2007 (USA)  »

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First appearance in the series of James Frain playing Cardinal Wolsey's wily assistant, Thomas Cromwell. See more »


The landscape of Lisbon on this episode features the University of Coimbra (some 150km north of Lisbon) clearly on the top left of the screen. See more »


King Henry VIII: [after he gets hit in the face during a joust] Come on, Anthony, let's do it again!
[He gets back on his horse and rides around the jousting pit]
King Henry VIII: People of England, your King is unharmed!
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Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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