THE TUDORS SEASON 4, EPISODE 6 TITLE:
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| Tudors episode: 4.6 || First aired: May 16, 2010|
| Tudors season: 4 || Prod. code:|
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You Have My Permission
| Director(s): Ciarán Donnelly|
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Unmarried once more Henry reflects on his dynasty and orders a new Act of Parliament which restores the succession rights of his two daughters, the Princesses Mary and Elizabeth. His roving eye undaunted by age or experience, he notices the attractive soon-to-be widow Catherine Parr. After the disastrous mismatch of his last marriage a mature woman is just what he needs.
In a surprise decision, the King (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) orders a new Act of Parliament which restores the succession rights of his two daughters, the Princesses Mary and Elizabeth. Although they are next in line after their youngest brother Edward, it is a powerful gesture of his love which will have historical consequences.
The King dispatches Hertford (Max Brown) and his arch enemy the Earl of Surrey (David O’Hara) north to warn the King of Scotland that any further acts of aggression will be responded to with the might of England’s armies. But Surrey is no man for issuing warnings and the body count is high at the Battle of Solway Moss.
Meanwhile both the ambassador of France and the ambassador of the Holy Roman Empire seek the support of Henry in attacking each other. To the surprise of his court Henry sides with the Catholic Emperor; for the first time since he was married to his aunt Catherine of Aragon.
The Catholic alliance signals a weakening of the Reformation’s influence in English politics. Realizing that the tide is turning, Bishop Stephen Gardiner (Simon Ward) goes on the hunt for suspected Calvinists.
Single once again, Henry takes an interest in the twice married Catherine Parr (Joely Richardson), a woman closer in age than his usual fancies. She has it mind to marry Thomas Seymour but within hours of her husband’s death, Seymour is hastily transferred to Brussels as permanent Ambassador and the King proposes marriage.
TRUE LOVE? - OR JUST DUTY
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