Henry is forced to surrender Boulogne, his great prize, as part of a peace treaty with France. There is a slow, quiet and nonetheless inevitable shifting of allegiances as Henry’s own health begins to fade. Factions are forming at court as thoughts turn towards a successor. Some see Prince Edward, Henry’s son by Anne Seymour, as his natural heir while others, notably Bishop Gardner, are determined to restore a Catholic to the throne in the person of Princess Mary. Hearing that Charles Brandon is very ill, the King summons his old friend to court. It is to be their last encounter. Henry is greatly shaken; his longest and most loyal ally now gone. Realizing his own death is now imminent, Henry retreats more and more into himself.