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Season 2

Henry moves quickly to embrace Lutheran ideas, break with the Catholic Church, and marry Anne Boleyn in a secret, private ceremony, but his decisive changes and new loyalty oath pit him against his chancellor and longtime mentor Thomas More; the queen gives birth to a baby girl, Elizabeth, even as Brandon and others sow seeds of doubt about his new queen in Henry's mind; after a near-fatal jousting accident and Anne's miscarriage, Henry finds a new love in Jane Seymour, sealing Anne's doom.

Episode 201
Episode 1: Episode 201

Original Air Date: Mar 30, 2008

In the Season 2 premiere, the Reformation begins as Henry breaks with the Catholic Church and declares himself head of the church; Anne's insistence leads to Henry breaking all contact with Katherine and banishing her from the court.

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Episode 202
Episode 2: Episode 202

Original Air Date: Apr 6, 2008

Henry continues undermining the Catholic Church's influence in England, while his chaplain makes a fact-finding tour of Lutheran Germany; Anne resolves to consummate her relationship with the king as Brandon plants doubts about her virtue.

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Episode 203
Episode 3: Episode 203

Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2008

His patience at an end, Henry marries Anne in secret, appoints his Lutheran chaplain Thomas Cranmer the head of the Church, and strips Queen Katherine of her title and status; the king and new queen's first child is born, a girl christened Elizabeth.

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Episode 204
Episode 4: Episode 204

Original Air Date: Apr 20, 2008

The country is asked to swear an oath recognizing the new royal succession, and Henry's supreme authority; Anne becomes pregnant again; Sir Thomas More refuses to swear to all aspects of the oath and is jailed in the Tower of London.

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Episode 205
Episode 5: Episode 205

Original Air Date: Apr 27, 2008

A miscarriage and her sister's impetuous marriage jeopardize the Boleyns' influence at court; after many failed attempts to coerce his endorsement of the king's powers, Sir Thomas More is ordered to be executed as a traitor by a reluctant Henry.

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Episode 206
Episode 6: Episode 206

Original Air Date: May 4, 2008

The power of Thomas Cromwell spreads as he investigates the Church for corruption, even as the Pope denounces the execution of Sir Thomas More; the queen is rebuffed by the king of France, who refuses to recognize her daughter's legitimacy.

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Episode 207
Episode 7: Episode 207

Original Air Date: May 11, 2008

The persecution of the Catholic Church reaches its pinnacle as Thomas Cromwell confiscates its wealth for the crown, making Henry the richest English king in history, while Katherine dies in pious poverty.

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Episode 208
Episode 8: Episode 208

Original Air Date: May 18, 2008

The brief resurgence of Anne at court is short-lived, as Jane Seymour rapidly replaces her in the king's affections, a process speeded up by Henry's near-fatal jousting accident and Anne's hysteria-induced miscarriage.

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Episode 209
Episode 9: Episode 209

Original Air Date: May 25, 2008

The fall from grace of Anne Boleyn is swift and complete, as the king grants greater powers to the family of his new love Jane Seymour, and accepts Thomas Cromwell's obviously trumped-up charges of adultery against the queen.

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Episode 210
Episode 10: Episode 210

Original Air Date: Jun 1, 2008

In the Season 2 finale, Anne awaits execution in the Tower of London as Henry's marriage to her is annulled, baby Elizabeth is removed from the line of succession, and Henry proposes to Jane Seymour, who accepts.

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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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