A bellicose Henry eagerly sets out on an invasion of France as an ally to the Emporer Charles V. The King is motivated by his desire to reinvigorate himself in the face of failing health as well as his ambition to regain his French provinces. He confirms the line of succession with new wife Catherine Parr and entrusts her with the regency in his absence. Richard Rich and Bishop Gardner is unhappy with the choice of someone so inexperienced, and Gardner is especially suspicious of Catherine, believing she has Lutheran sympathies, especially after she appoints Reformationist ex-clergyman Hugh Latimer, as her personal chaplain. Henry and his 40,000 man army lay siege to the walled city of Boulogne, believing their artillery sufficient to overcome resistance. When the city continues to hold out, tunnels are dug as a wave of dysentery begins to assault the English army.- Written by email@example.com
Henry hastily marries widow Catherine Parr and has parliament confirm his daughters are next in line to still sickly, little crown prince Edward for the royal succession. Mary enjoys hosting the duke of Nájera, a Spanish star general. As the emperor promises to help him regain all Aquitain for England, war is declared on France for real. Already blaming his councilors for his last disastrous marriage, Henry grumbles at the 'untimely' war preparations, which he can't properly lead due to his renewed leg wound agony, now nursed personally by Catherine. However with Charles back in grace and nominated commander in chief, they all follow the king to the foothold port Calais, with Catherine formally named regent at home. From there the English army lays siege on the fortified port city of Boulogne. Charles and Surrey overcome a French break-out and the Italian engineer Girolamo of Treviso instructs the building of tunnels. It all seems in vain when over a dozen of soldiers is diagnosed with fatal dysentery. Bishop Gardiner plots to execute all protestant heretics and believes he may ultimately eliminate the queen as she nominates the deposed bishop Latimer her private chaplain, indeed discretely sharing protestant convictions.- Written by KGF Vissers
After leaving wife Catherine as regent, a bellicose Henry invades France and lays siege to Boulogne in an attempt to regain his French provinces.- Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
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