Wolf Hall (2015) Episode2

As 1529 draws to a close, Cardinal Wolsey moves to York while Cromwell attempts to gain support for him from King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and in the process, gradually wins favor for himself.

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Episode2 Plot (1529-1531)

As 1529 draws to a close, Cardinal Wolsey moves to York while Cromwell attempts to gain support for him from King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and in the process, gradually wins favor for himself.

Historical background

  • Dr. Cranmer

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Thomas Cranmer (1489 – 1556), the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury (1533–56). He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. He worked closely with Cromwell throughout the 1530s.

As archbishop, he put the English Bible in parish churches, drew up the Book of Common Prayer, and composed a litany that remains in use today. Denounced by the Catholic queen Mary I for promoting Protestantism, he was convicted of heresy and burned at the stake. Cranmer’s death was immortalised in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

  • Edmund Mody’s rescue of Henry VIII

Captain Edmund Mody (1495–1552) served as an infantryman in the retinue of Henry VIII. In 1525, Henry VIII, during a hawking excursion at Hitchin in Hertfordshire, attempted to leap over a clay marsh using a pole: the pole broke under Henry’s weight and Henry fell into the marsh, the clay of which closed over his head. Mody leapt into the marsh and saved his life. As a reward for this valiant action, Mody was rewarded with a pension of one groat per day and an award or grant described as ‘The Reward of Valour’.

Had Moody not save the King, it is likely that the King would have perished: if Henry had so perished, he would have been succeeded by his daughter, Mary, and creation of a Protestant church of England would have been improbable.