The Pope excommunicates Henry, who recovers after a near-fatal jousting accident and begins a relationship with Jane Seymour.

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Lady Jane Seymour arrives at Court but receives a frosty reception from Queen Anne. The Queen's father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, sees the Seymours as rivals and questions their loyalty to the new religion. The King quickly seeks to begin an affair with the beautiful Jane. On Maundy Thursday, a visibly pregnant Queen Anne distributes money to the poor and washes their feet. The Spanish Ambassador tells William Brereton that Queen Catherine was poisoned. He also tells Sir Thomas Cromwell that the Emperor will recognize King Henry's marriage to Anne if the King names Lady Mary as his heir. King Francis of France travels to Rome as a penitent where he is told by the Pope that he will excommunicate King Henry VIII. He also asks Francis to use his armies to invade England and eliminate him. At a jousting tournament, the King is severely injured and preparations are made to declare Elizabeth Queen with Sir Thomas Boleyn as Regent. The King miraculously recovers but after the Queen catches him in a... Written by garykmcd

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After Henry's jousting accident, dried blood can be seen on his face that runs from his temple down his cheek. That pattern only makes sense if he were sitting upright; however, he is flat on his back and unconscious, so the blood should have run from his temple towards the back of his head. See more »

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John Seymour: I do imagine there are some at court who would like to see the Queen replaced.
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Version of Henry VIII (2003) See more »

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Mr. Beveridge's Maggot
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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master' Vol. 3 (1728)
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