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Henry is still besotted with Anne Boleyn, queen Catherine asks a diplomat to appeal to her Habsburg relatives. Now the emperor has captured the pope in Italy, cardinal Woolsey promises the king to get a mandate from the cardinals to handle Henry's divorce demand and personally goes to Paris in triumph, to sign a treaty with the French king Francis I. Ann's father Thomas Boleyn tells the incredulous king about the cardinal's stealing confiscated monastical goods. After utterly abject humiliation at Henry's feet, Charles Brandon is allowed to win his return to court by arm-wrestling. When the pope escapes to Orvieto, Thomas Cromwell pleases the king by proposing Ann's former tutor as messenger to present his divorce requests; Woolsey has him intercepted, reads the draft documents and lets him go, sneering the mission is hopeless; the king is furious when it fails indeed.
Cardinal Wolsey travels to Paris to sign a new peace treaty with King Francis of France. As the Pope is being held prisoner by the King of Spain, Wolsey is hoping a conclave to be held there will give him the sole authority to decide on the legitimacy of King Henry's marriage to Queen Catherine. Queen Catherine meanwhile sends a message to her nephew, the King of Spain, that Henry is trying to divorce her. The Pope escapes from his prison and the conclave is canceled. King Henry is madly in love with Anne Boleyn, something that is plain to everyone around him. Sir Thomas Boleyn, Anne's father, and the Duke of Norfolk see their plan to topple Wolsey coming to fruition. They approach the Duke of Suffolk in the hopes of having him side with them. At a private dinner. Sir Thomas tells the King of Wolsey's activities in keeping funds from corrupt monasteries.
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