9:30pm – Friday, June 3 on ABC2
As King Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) marries Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis), Thomas Cromwell’s (James Frain) ruthless dissolution of the Catholic Church continues. Deeply disturbed and angered by the desecration, John Constable (Kevin Doyle) suggests to a local attorney, Robert Aske (Gerard McSorley), that the common people are only in need of a leader to rise up, but Aske is unmoved.
Meanwhile, Henry declares that Princess Mary (Sarah Bolger) will only be taken back to court if she signs the Oath of Allegiance. She reluctantly concedes.
Because of his efforts in abolishing the monasteries, Cromwell is rewarded with a knighthood and a barony and made Lord Privy Seal. His power is now second only to the King’s.
Meantime, Aske has given up his earlier loyalty to lead the rebels, and news arrives that peasants in the north have risen against the King. Henry orders their dispersal, but the rebels, having taken the city of Lincoln, are moving towards York. Cromwell is chastised; his career, so recently made, is on the line.
Charles Brandon (Henry Cavill) is appointed by the King to be Commander of the Royal Army, and ordered to spare no force in suppressing the uprising.
Having been recently so content, Henry is now pained on many fronts: vexed by the threat and ungratefulness of his subjects; troubled that his wife has not yet conceived; and in great suffering from a bleeding leg from an old jousting accident. His Tudor dynasty is under threat as it has never been before.