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Lady in Waiting 

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


Dearbhla Walsh


Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill ... Charles Brandon
Natalie Dormer ... Anne Boleyn
Nick Dunning ... Thomas Boleyn
James Frain ... Thomas Cromwell
Jamie Thomas King ... Thomas Wyatt
Hans Matheson ... Thomas Cranmer
Peter O'Toole ... Pope Paul III
David Alpay ... Mark Smeaton
Stephen Brennan ... John Seymour
Anita Briem ... Jane Seymour
Max Brown ... Edward Seymour
Pádraic Delaney ... George Boleyn
James Gilbert ... William Brereton
John Kavanagh ... Cardinal Campeggio


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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During a feast scene, a musician is playing Henry Playford's "Mr Beveridge's Maggot" which was not composed and published until the late 1600's. This episode is set while Anne Boleyn is Queen which only encompasses 1533-1536 and is therefore over 150 years before the song was composed. See more »


Jane Parker: [Enraged] You've just come from another's bed! Do not deny it!
George Boleyn: Very well, I shan't.
Jane Parker: [Very distressed] What makes it worse is that you've not forsaken my bed for that of another woman but another man!
[They both are silent, and after a moment she realizes from the look on his face that it's true]
Jane Parker: Oh, God! Oh, my God, it's true! Oh, my God, it's disgusting! It's a sin!
George Boleyn: [Fearing her voice will be heard] Shhhh!
Jane Parker: [Livid] It's a sin against God! It's a sin against Nature! All those that practice it are ...
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Mr. Beveridge's Maggot
From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master' Vol. 3 (1728)
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18 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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