Jane Seymour's brother, Edward, is appointed a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. Anne believes she can still marry off Elizabeth to France and repel the Seymours, but Cromwell is only following Royal orders to get rid of the Boleyns and switch to the imperial side, as her father Thomas senses. They believe to have triumphed when Henry refuses Chapuys's discrete alliance offer, but Cromwell tortures musician Mark Smeaton into a false confession of adultery with Anne. Brereton confesses to ensure the Queen's death, Sir Henry Norris and her own brother George Boleyn are equally found guilty and precede her beheading, only Thomas Wyatt is -wrongly- acquitted.
Did You Know?
Just before the credits there are several flashes of images. They include two different period portraits of Henry VIII, one of Anne Boleyn shown twice, and a half-second of modern film of the Campanile of San Marco filmed in the Piazza of Venice, Italy (always shown right after Anne's portrait). The significance of a tower in Venice is never explained in the episode, although it may be an analogy to the Tower of London where Anne was eventually sent to. See more
When Queen Anne's alleged lovers were executed, after William Bereton and before Mark Smeaton was beheaded, the axe was shown to have fallen twice, making it six times. However, when the first one fell, you could see through the gap in the crowd there was actually no one on the block. Also, in actual fact, only five were executed that day, with only Francis Weston not shown on screen as he did not exist in the series. See more
These bloody days have broken my heart. My lust, my youth did them depart, And blind desire of estate. Who hastes to climb seeks to revert. Of truth, circa regna tonat.
Mr. Beveridge's Maggot
From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master' Vol. 3 (1728) See more