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In 1531, King Henry VIII has proposed a bill which will make him the Head of the Church in England and allow him to marry Anne Boleyn. However, his plans are met with a series of complications.
Now in the ascendancy where the king is concerned Thomas - to the horror of Katherine of Aragon - proposes a bill making Henry the head of the English church - which is passed by the privy council. Chancellor Thomas More passionately opposes it and tenders his resignation accusing Thomas of heresy. Thomas learns that Anne Boleyn secretly married Harry Percy - though Anne petulantly denies it - and he colludes with the duke of Norfolk to buy Percy off. Henry rewards him with high office and parades Anne in public but there are protesters including the prophetess Elizabeth Barton, who tells him his reign will be short-lived if he marries Anne. Nonetheless the marriage goes ahead and pregnant Anne declares that the birth of a son will silence her critics. A gift of an admired tapestry is a further reward for Thomas.
It's now 1531 and Cromwell continues to have both the king's ear as well as that of Anne Boleyn. The King proposes that he be made the head of the Church in England and Cromwell manipulates the Commons by ensuring the king is present when the vote is taken. Those who support Rome however, have not given up the fight, particularly the Chancellor, Sir Thomas Moore. He has arrested a barrister, James Bainham, for handing out parts of the gospel written in English, not Latin. Cromwell manages to get Bainham out of jail but when Cromwell learns Anne Boleyn had a secret marriage to Harry Percy - one of his mentor Wolsey's persecutors - he manages to put him off, something for which the king and Anne Boleyn are most appreciative. In 1533, the king and Anne are married.
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