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The Tudors: The Act of Succession / Season: 2 / Episode: 4 (00020004) (2008)
Production Code: 00020004
April 20, 2008
Questions of faith dominate the court. As the infant Princess Elizabeth is baptised, the 'Act of Succession' is unveiled declaring that only children of Henry and Anne are legitimate successors to the English throne. A law is passed where every royal subject must take an oath, on pain of death, recognising the validity of the King's new marriage and the supremacy of Henry VIII in all matters. Bishop Fisher and Sir Thomas More refuse and are imprisoned in the Tower. Katherine of Aragon lives now in total seclusion, and Lady Mary is sent to be a maid to the baby Princess Elizabeth, her half-sister. Pregnant again, Anne Boleyn, at her father's prompting, tacitly approves of the king's philandering with ladies of the court, albeit those of her own choosing and posing no political threat to her.