With a French fleet in the Channel, England needs an alliance with the Protestant League, hence Cromwell's endorsement of a wedding to German Anne of Cleves though the king is disappointed that she is less beautiful than her portrait, which fact reflects badly on Cromwell, who urged Holbein to lie in his painting. Brandon and Edward Seymour are amused at Cromwell's discomfort. Mary, a Catholic, is less than cordial to her new stepmother, though Elizabeth favours her. The king's putrid leg wound means that Anne finds him equally repulsive in bed whilst Bryan's obsessive pursuit of Pole once more ends in predictable and comedic failure.
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Did You Know?
At the welcoming reception for Anne of Cleves, Henry introduces each of his daughters as "Princess." However, by historical accounts, both Mary and Elizabeth were still considered by Henry to be illegitimate, he would never have accorded them such a title, as it would in effect be declaring them legitimate. Neither Mary nor Elizabeth ever regained the title of Princess, and continued to be known as "Lady" until they each in turn succeeded to the throne. See more
In the opening scene Cromwell instructs Holbein he must send him to paint a portrait of the Duke of Cleves daughter when it has already been established that it is the Duke's sister and not his daughter. See more
King Henry VIII
I find her body out of such sorts, disordered and indisposed.
The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris See more