Tuesday, April 28, 2015

28 April 2015 A.D. “Wolf Hall” Epi.4 RECAP: Will Thomas Cromwell Marry Jane Seymour? King Henry Orders Thomas More’s Death



28 April 2015 A.D. “Wolf Hall” Epi.4 RECAP: Will Thomas Cromwell Marry Jane Seymour? King Henry Orders Thomas More’s Death
Editors. “‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 4 RECAP: Will Thomas Cromwell Marry Jane Seymour? King Henry Orders Thomas More’s Death.” Fashion and Style. 2015. http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/58506/20150427/wolf-hall-episode-4-recap-thomas-cromwell-marry-jane-seymour-king-henry-orders-thomas-more-death.htm. Accessed 27 Apr 2015.
In the fourth episode of "Wolf Hall," there's hints that Thomas Cromwell wants to marry Jane Seymour and King Henry VIII orders the execution of his long-time friend and servant Thomas More.

"The Devil's Spit" begins with King Henry learning about the birth of his daughter, the Princess Elizabeth. He's upset that Anne gave birth to a girl and orders the joust cancelled.

Meanwhile, Cromwell is busy trying to stop a rebellion and effectively defangs Elizabeth Barton, the so-called "Holy Maid of Kent" as well as her noble patrons as well.

Thankfully, he manages to convince most of the rebels to cease their efforts but unfortunately, the Pole family will suffer the most for their support of Henry's daughter

, the Princess Elizabeth. He's upset that Anne gave birth to a girl and orders the joust cancelled.

Meanwhile, Cromwell is busy trying to stop a rebellion and effectively defangs Elizabeth Barton, the so-called "Holy Maid of Kent" as well as her noble patrons as well.

Thankfully, he manages to convince most of the rebels to cease their efforts but unfortunately, the Pole family will suffer the most for their support of Henry's daughter Mary.

Cromwell is also charged with trying to get Sir Thomas More to recant his position against Henry's position as Supreme Head of the English Church, but to no avail.

Despite pleadings from More's wife Alice, the stubborn humanist refuses to back down, noting that he bows to a heavenly authority rather than an earthly one.

Needless to say, Henry is not happy with the man's refusal and he orders a reluctant Cromwell to execute his one-time friend and councilor.

As More is led to the block, Cromwell remembers a time when they were both boys and he waved up to his future enemy, who was haughtily looking out of the window and playing the flute.

Instead of waving back and making a friend, More shuts the window and talks away. It's a heartbreaking metaphor of what could have been, if both men were not on opposite sides of a religious quarrel.

To make matters worse, Cromwell is also in love with Jane Seymour and even though Anne's sister-in-law Jane Rochford urges him to ask for her hand in marriage, he ushers her away without even listening to her complaints about the Queen and her so-called "lovers."

Cromwell isn't the only one dealing with drama-Anne, whose position was made unsteady by the birth of a daughter, has miscarried of a second child. She promised her husband a son to be his heir, but now it appears as if she won't be able to fulfill that bargain.

At the end of the episode, Cromwell is struck down with a terrible fever that he claims was contracted during his time in Italy. Given all the stress he's been under lately, it is no surprise that Cromwell would fall ill.

When he believes he's dying, Cromwell begs to have his son Gregory brought to his bedside, as he has something important to tell him.

However, the fever passes and despite a bizarre dream involving his late wife weaving threads faster than the eye can see, Cromwell regains his strength and starts planning the king's itinerary for his summer progress.

Cromwell wants the monarch to stay at Wolf Hall, which is the family seat of the Seymours for five days but it is unclear if he wants to marry Jane himself or dethrone Anne by putting a rival in her place. 

"Wolf Hall" fans, do you think Cromwell will ask to marry Jane or will King Henry spot her first? Make sure that you tune in next Sunday night in order to find out!

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