On Wolf Hall, Cromwell (Mark Rylance) manoeuvres a Bill through Parliament acknowledging Henry (Damian Lewis), rather than the Pope, as head of the Church of England. This is the first step in Henry granting his own divorce from Katherine of Aragon.
Out of the blue, a major obstacle to Henry’s marriage plan arises when Harry Percy’s wife claims her own marriage is unlawful on the grounds that her husband had previously made a binding contract of marriage with Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy). With the Cardinal now dead the Boleyn family look to Cromwell to fix Harry Percy (Harry Lloyd), a task Cromwell approaches with relish, remembering how Percy helped bring the Cardinal down.
As Anne and Cromwell become allies, Anne secures him a formal position in the King’s household.
The King and his Court head to Calais to meet with the French King. At a dance, Anne flirts with the French nobility, to Henry’s evident fury. She and Henry argue violently, but when they are reconciled Henry finally pledges himself to Anne before witnesses. Henry marries Anne upon their return to England and she is crowned Queen. Even in her moment of triumph, Anne feels trapped; she knows the old noble families hate her and will never accept her.
Anne is pregnant and leaves Court to begin her confinement. She has achieved what she wanted, but it has come at a cost. She must now produce a male heir or risk suffering Katherine’s fate.
Wolf Hall continues on Wednesday 04 February at 9.00 pm on BBC Two
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