Sir William Compton is diagnosed on his Warwickshire estate with highly contagious 'sweating sickness', the physician bleeds his back- death comes swift, his body is burned before burial, Thomas Tallis breaks his lute on the fresh grave, then courts Joan Larke. The Cardinal flatters Ann and announces the alliance with France against the emperor is a fact, while he sends lawyers Stephen Gardiner and Foxe to pope Clement VII in Orvieto, requesting an annulment of the royal marriage to Catherine, if necessary by threats, while the emperor demands confirmation. The duke of Norfolk is removed from court. Just after the arrival of the new French ambassador, who promises French troops will drive the emperor out of Italy soon, the epidemic and utter panic reach London, even the royal court, where Henry tries every remedy, including working up a natural sweat, ultimately flees like most before him. The pope appoints cardinal Campeggio as legate to constitute a divorce court with Wolsey after ... Written by
Did You Know?
To this day, no one really knows what the sweating sickness that swept through Tudor England (and which forms a core component of this episode's plot) was. The last known outbreak occurred in 1551 and has not been recorded since. Some speculate that it was a form of the hanta virus. See more
Thomas Tallis is working on his musical score when he is approached by two girls. When he turns to talk to them the score is blank, however in the very next shot the pages have filled with notes. See more
Queen Catherine of Aragon
[about the plague
And your fear of The Sweat is greater than your infatuation with your mistress?
King Henry VIII
Katherine, she is not my mistress. I do not sleep with her. Not whilst you and I are still married.
The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris See more