After Surrey leads an ill-advised offensive in France against superior forces, a board of inquiry relieves him of command, censures him for leaving the battlefield, and strips him of title of Knight of the Garter. Despite the defeat, Henry is able to get good terms from the French through a diplomatic negotiation which will eventually cede Boulogne back to France. Still chaffing at the verdict against him and believing that ailing Henry will die before the Prince comes of age, Surrey plots with other disgruntled nobles to attack Windsor and take custody of the future King. His plot is discovered, and he's imprisoned in the Tower awaiting trial. Bishop Gardiner gets the King's permission to arrest, question, and torture Anne Askew, an outspoken Lutheran Reformationist. Through her, Gardiner hopes to uncover evidence against the Queen's household, her sister, and ultimately the Queen herself.
Did You Know?
The Earl of Surrey was not only related to Catherine Howard, but he was a first cousin to Anne Boleyn. He was raised with Henry Fitzroy, the King's illegitimate son, who died at seventeen. Surrey was a founder of the English Renaissance poetry movement and with his translation of "Virgil's Aeniad" became the first person to publish blank verse in English. See more
Charles Brandon died in August of 1545 (18 months before King Henry), yet the date is shown as December 1545 in subtext, and he is still in the crowd before the King's speech at Church. See more
King Henry VIII
In cases of extreme heresy the law makes no sistinction between a man and a woman, for, as you know, Sir Edmond, the Devil takes many forms, and yet it is always the Devil.
The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris See more