Historical drama chronicling the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a humble blacksmith who became King Henry VIII’s chief minister, as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor court.
Season 01, Episode 01 – “Three Card Trick”
Cardinal Wolsey loses his job as lord chancellor and has no choice but to flee his palace at York Place. His hopes of returning to the king’s favour are with the loyal Thomas Cromwell.
Season 01, Episode 02 – “Entirely Beloved”
Cardinal Wolsey has been forced out of court to travel north to his archdiocese in York. For Thomas Cromwell, this is only a tactical retreat; in time the cardinal will regain the King’s favour. Wolsey urges Cromwell to find a way to get close to Anne Boleyn for she is the key to persuading the King to restore him.
Season 01, Episode 03 – “Anna Regina”
Cromwell finds himself being more and more relied on to run the King’s affairs and manages to manoeuvre a Bill through Parliament acknowledging Henry, instead of the Pope, as head of the Church of England so that Henry can divorce Katherine.
Season 01, Episode 04 – “The Devil Spit”
Anne gives birth to a daughter and Henry does not hide his disappointment. Anne knows that if she is to have any power she needs to give birth to a son and she becomes increasingly paranoid. Elizabeth Barton prophesises that if Henry marries Anne Boleyn is will be very soon.
Season 01, Episode 05 – “Crows”
The Act of Supremacy has been passed by Henry Supreme Head of the Church in England but the Holy Roman Emperor has refused to recognise either his new title or his recent marriage to Anne Boleyn.