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Season 3

As the country rebels against the break with Catholicism and the creation of a new Church of England, Henry brutally suppresses the uprising, traumatizing his best friend Brandon; Henry remarries to Jane Seymour, who reunites him with his daughters during the holidays and gives birth to a son and heir, but the family's joy is short-lived; new chancellor Thomas Cromwell tries to strengthen England as France and Spain ally with the Pope against the country, but Cromwell's choice of a Protestant bride for Henry is a disastrous one.

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Episode 1: #301

Original Air Date: Apr 5, 2009

In the Season 3 premiere, Henry VIII weds a third time: to shy, demure noblewoman Jane Seymour, a union that he and his advisors pray will result in a male heir; once-loyal subjects rebel against Henry's crusade against Catholicism.

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Episode 2: #302

Original Air Date: Apr 12, 2009

The rebellion now known as the "Pilgrimage of Grace" begins in earnest, with Henry dispatching Brandon to deal with the uprising; bedridden due to the recurrence of his jousting injury, Henry takes a new mistress: Lady Ursula Misseldon.

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Episode 3: #303

Original Air Date: Apr 19, 2009

Henry reconciles with his estranged daughters Mary and Elizabeth in time for the Christmas holidays, but betrays and brutally suppresses the rebellion against him after making conciliatory promises to the uprising's leaders.

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Episode 4: #304

Original Air Date: Apr 26, 2009

The leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising are put to death, but Brandon is disturbed by the cruelty and mercilessness of the suppression; Henry celebrates the birth of a son but his joy is short-lived as Queen Jane dies within days.

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Episode 5: #305

Original Air Date: May 3, 2009

Henry remains in seclusion while mourning the queen's death, an opportunity that enemies of the crown seize to murder several friends of the court; Cromwell is disturbed when Henry doesn't resist his new church's similarities to Catholicism.

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Episode 6: #306

Original Air Date: May 10, 2009

Matchmaking begins in earnest as Cromwell schemes to secure the Reformation by marrying Henry to a Protestant wife, but the king's marital reputation precedes him; the condition of Henry's wounded leg turns life-threatening.

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Episode 7: #307

Original Air Date: May 17, 2009

War looms with France and Spain aligning against England with backing from Rome, so Henry agrees to a politically fortuitous marriage with Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone), a plain and unsophisticated German aristocrat he has never met.

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Episode 8: #308

Original Air Date: May 24, 2009

In the Season Three finale, Henry moves swiftly to annul his loveless marriage to Anne of Cleves, and beds a new teenage mistress; Princess Mary falls in love with Duke Philip of Bavaria; Cromwell's fall from favor is sudden and dramatic.

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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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