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
Eustace Chapuys, Imperial ambassador, is said to have died in Spain soon after he left England, in 1545. Actually he lived in the Low Countries until his death in 1556. See more
Sir Christopher, whenever has innocence been cause to save a man's life... when the King deems him unfit to live in the Commonwealth.
Sir Christopher Haydon
My Lord, this is a trial under law!
Mater Haydon, if you did not know it before, then you know it now! The law is whatever His Mejesty says it is - and if you provoke His Majesty, then you will feef the full force of it!
The Tudors Main Title Theme
Written by Trevor Morris
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