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England's King Henry VIII becomes increasingly desperate for a male heir and casts his eye on the alluring Anne Boleyn, whose father is only too happy to stoke the fires of passion between the married king and his less-than-virtuous daughter; Cardinal Wolsey's loyalty to the Catholic Church, the Pope, and the king's marriage to Queen Katherine strains his relationship with Henry and makes him vulnerable to plotters; Henry's best friend Charles Brandon and his sister Princess Margaret hide a torrid affair.

Episode 1
Episode 1: Episode 1

Original Air Date: Apr 1, 2007

In the Season 1 premiere, Henry prepares for war with France but receives cautious counsel from the powerful Cardinal Wolsey, who urges a treaty; the king learns that his queen's lady-in-waiting Elizabeth Blount is pregnant with his child.

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Episode 2
Episode 2: Episode 2

Original Air Date: Apr 8, 2007

Henry contemplates an alliance with Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Spain despite his "Field of Cloth of Gold" ceremony celebrating allegiance to France, and executes a rival; Elizabeth gives birth to the king's illegitimate son.

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Episode 3
Episode 3: Episode 3

Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2007

A visit from Charles V forces Henry to conceal his growing disaffection from Queen Katherine, who is the influential Spanish monarch's aunt - even as Henry comes face-to-face with the seductive Anne Boleyn for the first time.

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Episode 4
Episode 4: Episode 4

Original Air Date: Apr 22, 2007

Despite being named "Defender of the Faith" by the Pope, Henry begins to scheme to replace his queen with the more desirable Anne Boleyn, as court intrigues involving Princess Margaret and plots against Cardinal Wolsey intensify.

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Episode 5
Episode 5: Episode 5

Original Air Date: Apr 29, 2007

Henry is stunned by a reversal in his alliance with Charles V and forced to look elsewhere for European support, while an insulted Anne Boleyn refuses his offer of permanent mistress status, inflaming his desire to marry her.

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Episode 6
Episode 6: Episode 6

Original Air Date: May 6, 2007

An increasingly confident Henry VIII grows dissatisfied with the Catholic Church's progress with his petition for an annulment of his marriage, making Cardinal Wolsey further vulnerable to conspirators.

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Episode 7
Episode 7: Episode 7

Original Air Date: May 13, 2007

The country is struck down with food shortages and an outbreak of plague, forcing the normally buoyant Henry to doubt his future and abilities - but a sudden change in fortunes is on the horizon.

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Episode 8
Episode 8: Episode 8

Original Air Date: May 20, 2007

A special envoy from the Pope arrives to hear Henry's petition regarding the legitimacy of his marriage, with the fate of Cardinal Wolsey's career, the king's romance with Anne Boleyn, and the nation's relationship with Rome in the balance.

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Episode 9
Episode 9: Episode 9

Original Air Date: Jun 3, 2007

The fall from grace and power of Cardinal Wolsey is fast and merciless, with the one-time Lord Chancellor stripped of authority and influence. His replacement is an unusual choice: the morally righteous Sir Thomas More.

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Episode 10
Episode 10: Episode 10

Original Air Date: Jun 10, 2007

In the Season One finale, a disgraced Cardinal Wolsey tries one last, desperate gambit to resurrect his career by allying himself with the similarly fallen Queen Katherine, but the king's new advisors learn of their plot.

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4 Seasons, 38 Episodes

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  • Season 4

    Henry's marriage to randy, unfaithful teenager Catherine Howard ends in her swift execution, but he finds domestic tranquility at last with the steady Catherine Parr; a war with France and Brandon's death signal Henry's waning days.

    Season 4
  • Season 3

    Henry's marriage to Jane Seymour is happy, fruitful, and tragically short; the king brutally suppresses a rebellion against his religious reforms; England, Spain and the Pope ally against England, forcing Henry to marry a Protestant.

    Season 3
  • Season 2

    Henry quickly embraces Lutheran ideas, breaks with the Church, and marries Anne Boleyn, but Brandon sows seeds of doubt about his new queen's fidelity in the king's mind; a loyalty oath pits Henry against his mentor Thomas More.

    Season 2
  • Season 1

    Desperate for an heir, England's King Henry VIII shuns his wife Queen Katherine and casts his eye on the alluring Anne Boleyn, while Cardinal Wolsey's loyalty to the Catholic Church and the Pope strains his relationship to the king.

    Season 1
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