In a surprise decision, King Henry orders a new Act of Parliament, which restores the succession rights of his daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Mary. Although they are next in line after their youngest brother Edward, this powerful gesture of his love will have historical consequences.
While Henry sends dispatches northward to warn the King of Scotland of the English army’s might, ambassadors to both France and the Holy Roman Empire seek England’s support in attacking each other. To the surprise of his court, Henry sides with the Catholic Emperor Charles V for the first time since he was married to Katherine of Aragon. The Catholic alliance signals a weakening of the Reformation’s influence in English politics.
Political agenda aside, Henry is single once again. This time he takes an interest in the twice-married Catherine Parr, a woman closer to his age than his usual fancies.