With his marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled, King Henry VIII weds Katherine Howard, a teenager whose roguish cousin, the Earl of Surrey, returns to England to assert his claim to a prominent place in the royal court.
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As Henry invites Anne of Cleves back into the royal court, and both Surrey and Thomas Seymour pursue an affair with Anne Stanhope, Queen Katherine's wandering eye settles on her husband's groom, Culpepper.
With the royal court preparing for a journey to the north of England, Henry's interest in his ex-wife is reignited as Katherine continues her pursuit of the King's groom, Culpepper.
As Henry strengthens his ties with Lady Mary and Anne of Cleves, Katherine continues her clandestine affair with Culpepper as a former suitor uses their sexual history to gain favor with the new Queen.
Katherine faces harsh punishment as the truth about her sexual relationships with Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpepper is revealed.
As King Henry looks to strengthen his ties with Scotland and creates an alliance with the Holy Roman Empire against France, he sets his sights on his next wife, Catherine Parr.
Leaving his new wife Catherine in charge in England, Henry leads his army in an invasion of France.
As the siege of Boulogne comes to an end, Henry proudly returns to England, only to face the collapse of his treaty with the Emperor.
As the Earl of Surrey seeks to gain influence if King Henry should die, Bishop Gardiner wages a war against Protestant supporters inside the royal court.
In his waning days, Henry proposes a new alliance with France as he looks to shore up his legacy by turning on the religious conservatives around him and ensuring the care of his heir, Prince Edward.