The Tudors: Season 2, Episode 4

The Act of Succession (20 Apr. 2008)

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After princess Elisabeth's baptism, Henry orders Thomas Cromwell to draw up a bill of succession favoring his and Ann's offspring, to be accepted by an oath from all subjects. The affront ... See full summary »

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After princess Elisabeth's baptism, Henry orders Thomas Cromwell to draw up a bill of succession favoring his and Ann's offspring, to be accepted by an oath from all subjects. The affront to the imperialist party is maximized by making princess Mary a lowly lady in waiting to her half-sister, yet the French King still refuses openly to recognize the new Queen. Ann orders her rival lady Eleanor Luke eliminated, by false charges of jewel theft. Tired of Henry's schismatic obstinacy, Pope Paul III makes the loyal, hence jailed bishop Fisher a cardinal, Henry orders his beheading. Thomas More can no longer support his entire family, yet answers Cromwell's questions with Henry's own pamphlet arguing for papal supremacy by divine right. At her father Thomas Boleyn's suggestion only an ambitious mistress is a problematic rival, Ann urges Margaret 'Madge' Sheldon to 'succeed' Eleanor. Thomas More refuses to take the oath as phrased, while accepting he succession, landing him in the Tower. Written by KGF Vissers

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Anne Boleyn: These are the jewels of the Queen of England.
Anne Boleyn: I don't know what to say.
King Henry VIII: Yes you do.
Anne Boleyn: I love you, I love you so much, I love you with every fiber of my being.
[Henry smiles]
Anne Boleyn: You have been so kind to me. Now let me be kind to you.
[She gives Henry a "handy"]
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