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Episode 5

The investigation into Katherine Howard‘s past moves with speed. Francis Dereham is arrested and interrogated. Lady-in-waiting Joan Bulmer is questioned, as is the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, at whose home Joan and Katherine lived as young women. Dereham confesses that he and Katherine Howard had planned to get married and that he knew her carnally before she became Queen—a serious revelation, but not adultery.

Though King Henry uncharacteristically weeps when told of these discoveries, his response is unsentimental and swift. Katherine Howard is removed from court and her title as Queen withdrawn. Her pleas for understanding and forgiveness are coldly ignored, but she knows she is lucky to escape with her life. However, it is not long before fingers begin pointing at Thomas Culpepper