As Henry sends Wolsey to Paris with a new treaty, Anne looks to help her father and Norfolk by planting the seeds of doubt in the King’s mind about the Cardinal’s loyalty, as Michael Hirst’s epic drama continues.
Further undermining Wolsey’s credibility, Queen Catherine shares her own concerns with Spain’s envoy and sends word to Charles V about her impending divorce. When news arrives that the Pope has escaped imprisonment, Cromwell suggests that Henry send a private envoy to Italy to request the divorce directly.
While Henry entrusts an envoy with documents for the Pope, Wolsey finds King Francis in an uncharitable mood. Isolated in France, Wolsey becomes increasingly concerned that Henry is being influenced by others. Sure enough, just as he feared, back in England Norfolk and Boleyn have agreed to plead Brandon’s case in exchange for his help in undermining Wolsey and are approaching the King with evidence that the Cardinal is stealing from the Crown.
As Catherine continues pressing Anne about her affair, Wolsey intercepts the King’s envoy before he can get to Orvieto. Though surprised to learn that the King is appealing directly to the Pope for a solution, and that Anne Boleyn is the cause of Henry’s suit, Wolsey realises that no matter how much he disapproves he cannot keep Henry’s emissary from completing his mission.
Finally, Henry forgives Brandon for marrying his sister and waits anxiously for his messenger’s return with an answer regarding his divorce. And it falls to Wolsey to carry the bad tidings.
The Tudors, Friday 9 November 9.00-10.00pm on BBC TWO