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The King is continuing his good-will tour of Northern England.  Though they are still unsure that the King will not change his mind and go back to favoring Catholicism, the townsfolk repeatedly apologize for the uprisings and violence that occurred when the King began the Protestant Reformation.  They gift the King with gold as a sign of their newfound obedience to him.  The Lady Mary continues to be a favorite of the Northerners.  She gives an inspiring speech to a crowd and they cheer mightily.  The King looks upon his eldest daughter with Pride. 

While up North, Charles Brandon has many uncomfortable memories of the last time he was at this location, when he was sent to massacre the citizens who had risen up in rebellion against the King. Brandon has a conversation with the ghost of Lord Darcy who tells him that he wanders the afterlife with Brandon’s other victims.  Brandon begs for forgiveness but Darcy says he cannot grant this to him.

The most important development of tonight’s episode was the introduction of a new character, a man named Derrim, who is the man Catherine had a sort of marital contract with back when she lived with the Dowager Duchess.  They had sexual relations before Catherine was married to King Henry. Derrim knows just as many secrets about Catherine’s past as Joan Bolmer does and Catherine is not pleased to see him arrive at the castle.  He makes it clear to her that she will give him a position as her secretary and she agrees to this, as long as he can be discreet.  He soon proves himself to be a very difficult person to be around. 

He is loud and boorish and says inappropriate things about the Queen. The members of Catherine’s staff defend her and are shocked to hear the sort of language Derrim uses in reference to the Queen.  Everyone agrees that Derrim needs to go but the Queen, Joan Bolmer, and Lady Rochford knows he holds secrets about Catherine that not only could threaten their position at court, but could also be deadly.

The Queen is continuing her relationship with Culpepper though they do have a spat when Culpepper, upon meeting Derrim, realizes that Catherine has been intimate with more men than he previously thought.  They increase the amount of time they see each other and become more daring. Culpepper whispers to Catherine and holds her hand when the King is barely out of sight.  Culpepper is beginning to realize that Queen Catherine has a more sordid past than he imagined but this does not seem to quell his desire for her nor her desire for him.

Meanwhile, the King is behaving coolly toward his young wife.  He forces himself upon her most unromantically and, for the first time, Catherine looks very uncomfortable with her husband.  The King is also displeased that Catherine has yet to become pregnant.  Though he is outwardly unfriendly, he does write a letter about her that is read aloud in a church where he proclaims Catherine to be a delightful wife, the best one yet.

While King Henry is away, his son Edward falls ill.  The King is sent for and rushes back from the North to sit at his sick child’s bedside.  It looks as though Edward will not recover and the King is deep in grief.  However, the next morning Edward is bright eyed and smiling, his health apparently restored. The King is beside himself with joy over his son’s recovery.  Elizabeth and Mary, clearly doting sisters, are thrilled with their brother’s health as well.

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