While a Pope grateful for spiritual and political loyalty names Henry “Defender of the Faith,” fidelity is scarce in Henry’s court. His sister, Princess Margaret, marries the decrepit King of Portugal, only to murder him soon after and return to the lustful arms of Charles Brandon.
The Duke of Norfolk and Sir Thomas Boleyn continue to conspire against Cardinal Wolsey. And the King grows ever more enamored of Anne Boleyn. His increasing disinterest in his Queen—and the realization that he still hasn’t produced a legitimate heir to the Tudor dynasty—conjure an urgent desire for radical action.