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Season: 1

Original Air Date: 4/1/2007

: Michael Hirst

Director: Charles McDougall and Steve Shill

Name of Episode: In Cold Blood

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King Henry VIII, the young and ambitious monarch of England, contemplates declaring war on France after the assassination of his uncle. On the advice of his Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, the King decides against this course of action. Instead, Wolsey proposes that Henry should endorse a "Treaty of Universal Peace" which is meant to bring peace and harmony to Europe. Meanwhile, the King's domestic affairs become threatened when he discovers that his mistress, Elizabeth Blount, the young and beautiful lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon, is pregnant with his child.

Full Recap

It opens at Ducal Palace in Urbino, Italy. A man gets out of a carriage seeming very upset and aggravated. The men who meet him tell him that the Duke wants to see him right away. They walk past men in purple robes and he asks what the French are doing there. They say that is what the meeting is about. The man gets stabbed on the way inside by the French and dies.
We go to Whitehall Palace in London where we find out the man that was murdered was the ambassador and also the King’s uncle. King Henry comes in and tells everyone that the French have now proven their aggressive tendencies and they have just causes for war. Duke Buckingham speaks up saying that he told him it was time to go to war a year ago. Henry asks what Wolsey thinks and he says these are indeed just causes for war. Henry says good, Now I can go play. While everyone is leaving More and Wolsey talk about how the King doesn’t know what is in his best interest and they must show him what is the right path to take.
Henry is “playing” with Lady Blount. When they lay down Henry asks how her husband is she says he is extremely jealous and threatening to send her to a nunnery. Henry says that would be a waste and they start going at it again. We cut out to the hallway where Henry’s guards are standing listening to the moaning inside.
Cardinal Wolsey is meeting with the cardinal of France and the French Bishop. Wolsey says he can get his master to agree to these terms if they can do the same. They all agree and when asked what he wants Wolsey tells the French cardinal what he wants only he can give him.
Henry is playing tennis with his brat pack. Brandon points out the girl on the left Henry asks who she is Charles says she is Lord Buckingham’s daughter. Henry bets 100 pounds that Brandon can’t get her and the bet is on.
Henry is having dinner with Katherine of Aragon, his wife. He asks how their daughter is and she tells him that her tutor says she is a bright young girl and he should be proud. Henry says he is. Katherine asks if he has returned her nephew's letters. Henry says he has not and Katherine advises him not to trust Wolsey. Henry loses it and tells her that she is not his chancellor or his advisor she is his wife and she will act like it. She says she would like to be his wife in every way. She asks if he will come and visit her tonight in her bedchamber. He doesn’t say anything.
Henry is getting undressed for the day. He goes down to Katherine’s bedchamber to find that she isn’t there. He tells her lady in waiting to tell Katherine that he came to give his love and devotion as her true husband. Then he turns and winks at the guard. The guard whispers something in the girl's ear. She goes down to Henry’s bedroom. To take Katherine’s place apparently. We see Katherine praying to Mary.
We go to a jousting match. Henry is seated by Katherine and Charles Brandon is about to go up. He stops in front of Lord Buckingham’s daughter and asks to wear her favors today. She agrees and ties her ribbon onto his lance. Lord Buckingham sees this and doesn’t look happy. He goes and kicks the crap out of some guy. Buckingham and Henry are about to joust, Henry asks Katherine for her favors and she obliges all the while Henry was looking at the girl from last night they joust and Buckingham lands on his butt.
Henry goes to see More by boat. He meets the family and then asks to take a walk with More. Henry asks why he won’t come live at court More says he doesn’t like it at court. Henry asks More what he thinks about war with France. More says war is an activity for beasts. Henry says as a king he must disagree. More advises him that instead of spending ruinous amounts of money on war to spend it on the welfare of his people. Henry assures him he intends to be a just ruler. But a successful war will make him famous and immortal.
Buckingham is complaining that he has the real right to the throne and this court does not belong to Henry. He goes back to his room only to find his daughter with Charles Brandon. He asks what is going on and Charles just says it is exactly what it looks like. He tells him he should kill him for violating his daughter. Brandon leaves and Buckingham slaps his daughter.
Lady Blount comes to talk to Wolsey and tells him that she is with child and it is the king's. She says she has not told anyone else. Wolsey says he will send her away so she can give birth. And tell the king when it is appropriate.
Wolsey goes to see the king. He tells him about the treaty between France and England and Henry likes it. He says it will make them immortal. Wolsey also tells him about lady Blount and says he will take care of her husband. Buckingham comes in and demands that Charles Brandon be banished from court because he violated his daughter. Henry says nothing will be done about it because he did nothing wrong. Wolsey says to be careful because Buckingham is richer than him and could build a private army against him.
Henry is writing a letter to the king of France talking about the treaty. He goes on and on about how much he loves France and the French and the king himself. He also says he will not shave until the treaty so all the world will know of his love for the French.
The French cardinal comes to see Wolsey and tells him the pope is desperately ill and soon Wolsey will be pope.
Katherine is getting ready for bed. She is with her ladies in waiting (both of whom have now slept with her husband). Katherine asks Lady Blount to stay. She says she is the only person she can trust. She talks of how she has tried and tried to give the king a son but she has been unsuccessful. She says she knows the king blames her.
Henry is at confession. He talks about how Katherine was married to his brother but when his brother died Katherine swore it was never consummated and so Henry married her to keep the alliance with Spain. Henry says the Bible states that a man who marries his brother's wife will die childless. The priest says he has a child. Henry says he has a child but no son.
Buckingham has a plot to kill the king. He is going to build an army to protect him after it is done. Buckingham plans to murder Henry himself and take over the crown. He has brought other people in on the plot including Thomas Boleyn.
Thomas Boleyn is playing chess with Henry while Henry questions him about he king of France. He says he is tall but ill-proportioned and Henry asks if he is vain. Thomas answers by saying that he is French.
Henry gives Thomas complete control over the diplomatic affairs in France because he is the French ambassador.
Thomas goes and tells his two daughters Mary and Anne Boleyn. He says they will meet Henry at the summit.
Catherine asks to talk to Henry, she says she does not like the fact that the treaty entails marrying off her daughter to the French. She says she cannot mask her dislike for the situation. Henry says that Mary is his to do with how he pleases and she will just have to deal with it and walks out the door leaving Katherine on her knees.
Wolsey comes to see Henry while he is getting dressed. Buckingham is holding the bowl to wash their hands. He holds it for Henry but spills it on Wolsey. Wolsey gives Henry the details for the summit. It is to be at the palace of illusions. Henry says that they will change the world forever and that Wolsey and Henry will be immortal.

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Unanswered Questions

Best Moments

  • Brandon caught with his pants down.
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Bessie Blount

Bessie Blount

Best Quotes

  • Henry VIII-"These are just causes for war......and now I can go and play"

  • Henry VIII (to Queen Katherine of Aragon)-"Mary is the Pearl of my World"

  • Henry VIII (to Queen Katherine of Aragon)-"You are my wife... you are not my minister you are not my chancellor but my wife"
  • Katherine of Aragon-"I should like to be your wife in every way"-

  • Henry VIII-'Why was Henry V remembered? ....He is remembered because he won the battle of Agincourt ....that victory made him famous, it made him immortal.'

  • Duke of Buckingham-"This is my crown, my court" .
  • Norfolk-"That is treason my lord" .
  • Buckingham-"But it is THE truth"

  • Duke of Buckingham -"You violated my daughter"
  • Charles Brandon -"No,she begged"
  • Duke of Buckingham-' You've taken her honour!'
  • Charles Brandon-' I swear to Your Grace,someone else was there before me.'

  • Duke of Buckingham (to Henry)-"I have discovered Mr. Charles Brandon in flagrante delecto with my daughter"
  • Henry VIII-"Does your daughter accuse him of rape?"

  • Cardinal Wolsey (to the Pope's envoy)-"I saved your master's arse ...now I want my reward, do you understand?"

  • Henry VIII-" I have no son"

  • Thomas Boleyn -"Mary and Anne Boleyn..to your future"

  • Henry VIII (to Cardinal Wolsey)-"Nothing will be the same, you and I ...will be immortal"

  • Indeed now, what am I missing, aha found me crown, now hurry on young lass

  • Elizabeth Blount-'I am with child...it is His Majesty's.'

  • Katherine of Aragon-'Though I love Your Majesty and I'm loyal to you,in every way,I cannot disguise my distress and unhappiness.'
  • Henry VIII-'Well,you're going to have to.'

  • Henry VIII -'Tell me about King Francis,Sir Thomas.'
  • Thomas Boleyn -'He's 23 years old.'
  • Henry VIII -'Is he tall?'
  • Thomas Boleyn -'Yes.But ill proportioned.'
  • Henry VIII -'What about his legs?Are his calves strong like mine?'
  • Thomas Boleyn -'Your Majesty, no one has calves like yours.'
  • Henry VIII -'Is he handsome'
  • Thomas Boleyn -'Some people might think so.He certainly thinks so himself.'
  • Henry VIII -'He's vain?!'
  • Thomas Boleyn -'Your Majesty...he's French!'


  • Henry VIII and Francis I both vowed to grow beards in the lead-up to the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
  • Henry VIII asked the Venetian Ambassador,not Thomas Boleyn,about King of France's looks : 'The King of France,is he as tall as I am?...Is he as stout?... What sort of legs has he?...Look here! And I have also a good calf to my leg.' Ironically his daughter Elizabeth would do the same when questioning envoys about Mary Queen of Scots.
  • The assassination of Henry VIII's uncle is fictional. Henry did not have an uncle who was assassinated.
  • Elizabeth Blount was the King's mistress and gave birth to his son,Henry Fitzroy,Duke of Richmond, on the 15th June 1519,but she did not get married until 1522 and was single when sleeping with the King.
  • Anna Buckingham is a fictional character and is thought that she is based on the Duke's sister,Anne Stafford,Countess of Huntington,who actually had an affair with Henry VIII in 1510, not Charles Brandon,and then went on to have an affair with Sir William Compton who acted as their go-between. Buckingham was furious at his sister's behavior.
  • Bishop Bonnivet does not seem to have existed and there is no evidence that Wolsey plotted to become the Pope,although he did hope to become Pope on the death of Pope Leo X.
  • Thomas Tallis was an English composer whose first recorded post was as organist at the Dover Priory in 1530-31. He did not appear at Court until 1543 when he became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and started to compose for the King.
  • The Treaty of London,a peace treaty promoting everlasting peace in Europe,between France,England,the Holy Roman Empire,the Papacy,Spain,Burgundy and the Netherlands was designed by Cardinal Wolsey but it was signed in London in 1518 and it did not have anything to do with the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
  • Katherine of Aragon and Henry VIII's son ,Henry Duke of Cornwall,lived for 52 days ,not 26.He was born on the 1st January 1511 and died on the 22nd February 1511. Giles Tremlett has theorised in his book "Catherine of Aragon: Henry VIII's Spanish Queen" that her tragic childbearing history may have had its roots in her religious fasting zeal and maybe teenage Annorexia. Interestingly Alison Weir in "Childrten of England" theorises that Mary may have suffered the same.

  • The French cardinal tells Wolsey that Pope Alexander is about to die.However,Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) died in 1503,six years before Henry VIII became king.
  • When Henry's ambassador to the Vatican arrives to Urbino ,he walks by a door that has an ID reader and a switch by its side. Also,electric power lights are visible on the ceiling of the corridor and a Victorian style hanging lamp can be seen behind him.
  • Both the crown depicted on Whitehall's gates and the one worn by the King have eight leaves and eight pearls,which is not a King's crown but the coronet of an earl,several ranks below.
  • The footage city view is captioned as supposed to depict Paris,France,but actually the city pictures Vienna,Austria.The well known Stefansdom can be seen to the left of the image.
  • This episode is rated TV-MA for nudity,violence and adult content.
  • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series.
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- The incident involving Buckingham tipping water on Wolesey is based on fact, however, in reality it was the Cardinal stalking off angry to get new shoes and Henry and Buckingham laughing! (p 215, Catherine The Queen, Mary M Luke)

- In Henry's private apartments a portrait of Henry V can be seen on the wall. This picture was not contemporary and was infact painted circa 1520 (probably the year of the Cloth of Gold). Henry V was Henry Tudor's hero and it is therefore concieveable that he would have had a portrait commissioned.

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