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Aske is hanged in chains. Henry learns that Pole is attacking him in writing from the safety of the French court and sends Bryan to arrest him but he has already fled. A reluctant Brandon is forced by the king to kill many innocents in Yorkshire as an example to scare would-be rebels. He is sickened at what he has been made to do and haunted by his victims. Jane is also sickened when she learns how Cromwell - and her husband - have benefited financially from the closure of the abbeys. Suitors are put forward for Mary, a Portuguese alliance being favoured. Jane gives birth to a son but dies shortly afterwards.
The rebellion in the north has been suppressed but Cromwell criticizes the Duke of Suffolk for having executed only seventy-some rebels and pardoning the rest. Suffolk defends his actions as being just but he is ordered to return to the north and ensure the rebels understand the true cost of what they've done. The result is the execution of hundreds of people, including women and children. Robert Aske is executed. At court, the King rejoices at the news that the Queen is pregnant. All goes well but when she goes into labor the baby is long in coming. She gives birth to a baby boy, Edward, but tragedy ensues.
Forced to recant, Aske is hanged in Yorkshire, Cromwell coerces Brandon to execute more rebels as examples, and Jane suffers complications in childbirth.
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