As Henry's health deteriorates, he grows depressed and introspective as the ghosts of the past come to haunt him, and various factions in the court try to position themselves favorably for the succession after his death. Bishop Gardiner continues to pursue Anne Stanhope and the Queen for heresy but is thwarted by some unforeseen circumstances. Sensitive to his legacy, the King commissions a portrait from Holbein as Charles Brandon's health decline too. Written by
Did You Know?
Bishop Gardiner was imprisoned for five years during the reign of Edward VI. See more
Hans Holbein the Younger died in 1543 at the age of 45, so he could not have painted Henry VIII in 1547. Holbein's most famous surviving portrait of Henry VIII was painted in 1537. See more
[Answering a question from Edward Seymour about whether he would take sides in, or hold back from, brewing political strife
There's an old French saying: Praise the God of all; drink the wine; and let the world be the world.
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