In a surprise decision, the King orders a new Act of Parliament, which restores the succession rights of his two daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Mary. Although they are next in line after their youngest brother Edward, this powerful gesture of his love will have historical consequences.
The King dispatches Hertford and his arch enemy, the Earl of Surrey, north to warn the King of Scotland that any further acts of aggression will be responded to with the might of England’s armies. Meanwhile, a Catholic alliance signals a weakening of the Reformation’s influence in English politics. Single once again, Henry takes an interest in the twice-married Catherine Parr, a woman closer in age than his usual fancies.