The Tudors

Season 2 Episode 8

Lady in Waiting

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2008 on Showtime

Episode Recap

Lady Jane Seymour is escorted by her brother to the chambers of Queen Anne where she receives a less than warm welcome from Anne's ladies in waiting. She has to swear on the bible to serve Queen Anne and act modest and virtuous. Anne acknowledges her presence but acts as cold as ice towards her.

As the king enters his rooms, ambassador Chapuys discusses Lady Katherine's death. The autopsy showed that her heart had a black growth and her doctor told Chapuys that this could indicate poisoning. Chapuys is now worried about her daughter, Lady Mary.

The king talks to ambassador Chapuys about the emperor's victory over the Turks. Chapuys is ordered to convey Henry's admiration to the emperor.

Henry mentions to Cromwell that, now the emperor has defeated the Turks, his armies are free to turn towards England. However, after Katherine's death one cause of enmity has disappeared and Henry aims to renew his friendship with the emperor. Cromwell is ordered to talk to Chapuys and discover the cost of this friendship. The reform of the church is discussed briefly as well. Henry has also found out that Cromwell has a wife and son. Cromwell somewhat uncomfortably mentions that he had two daughters as well who died. Henry tells him to bring his wife and son, Gregory, to court.

It's Maundy Thursday Henry and Anne visit church and Henry smiles at Jane Seymour, which doesn't go unnoticed by Anne. Archbishop Cranmer welcomes them and leads Anne and her ladies onward. As tradition dictates, the Queen and her ladies hand out alms and the Queen washes the feet of some of the poor.

King Francis visits the Pope in Rome on a pilgrimage. He offers his service to the Pope who welcomes him. The Pope announces that he will excommunicate King Henry and requests that Francis executes the papal bull and invades England.

Anne discusses the Seymour family with her father. He is unsure whether they have truly abandoned the Catholic faith but if they haven't they will be dealt with.

Cromwell receives Ambassador Chapuys and they discuss a possible alliance. The emperor is willing to talk to the Pope about not excommunicating Henry. He will also support Henry's marriage to Anne but on the condition that Mary is declared the legitimate heir. Cromwell admits that, even with his approval, this may not be easy.

Mark Smeaton tells Thomas Wyatt that Lady Jane Seymour is beautiful as she walks by. A page informs her there is a friend who wishes to see her and her leads her to a room. It turns out to be king Henry. She kneels and he kneels too and asks her to allow him to serve and worship her as Lancelot served Guinevere. She agrees and allows him to kiss her hand.

Anne talks to her brother George about the Seymour family as well and mention that their father thinks they may be secret supporters of Mary. When Anne tells George that Mary is very ill, he casually mentions that they may not have to meddle with her after all.

Sir John Seymour, his son Edward and Jane discuss the possible future. Edward urges her not to submit to the king and retain her virginity. They discuss her becoming the queen.

King Henry is playing chess with Sir Henry Norris and he asks about his engagement to Lady Margaret. Sir Henry has not yet asked her. He confesses he rather likes the liberty of not being married. Henry tell his to organise a joust, like they used to do.

Jane, George Boleyn's wife, accuses him of having an affair, with a man, and he does not deny it.

In the absence of Queen Anne, King Henry asks Lady Jane Seymour for the honour of wearing her favours as he jousts. Thomas Boleyn and Sir John Seymour exchange some angry glances at the joust.

King Henry jousts Sir Henry Norris and is seriously injured. Charles Brandon, Thomas Boleyn and Edward Seymour carry the king into the doctor's pavilion.

Madge informs Queen Anne that Henry is injured and likely to die. Anne falls into the arms of Mark Smeaton and begs him to say it isn't so.

The doctor, Charles Brandon and other nobles pray for the king while Thomas and George Boleyn sneak off to Whitehall.

Anne is in church, praying for Henry while Cromwell tells Thomas Boleyn that they are making preparation for the coronation of princess Elizabeth. She would be a ward of her mother and have Thomas Boleyn as Lord Protector.

George Boleyn tells his father that he cannot decide whether Henry dying would be a good or a bad thing. As Lord Protector, Thomas would, ipso facto, be king of England.

Thomas Cromwell arrives in the same church as Anne, also to pray.

Henry wakes up and Charles is ecstatic that he is alive.

Thomas Boleyn tells Anne that the birth of a son is very important and he begs her to always be careful, to avoid excitement and shut herself away from the world. She tells him she wishes there was a way to remove Jane Seymour. He tells her that, after she's given birth to a son, she will have all the power to deal with her.

The doctor tell Henry that an old wound has reopened due to the fall and he reminds him that he is no longer as young as he used to be. Henry is not listening and is feeling the favour, the small bit of cloth, he received from Jane Seymour.

Charles Brandon is sent to deliver a message from the king for Jane Seymour's ears only. He hands over a letter and a purse with gifts.

A court there's a celebration and Anne tells Henry how alarmed she was. She tells him how everyone loved Elizabeth and then suggests to Henry to ask king Francis to reconsider his refusal. Henry tells her not to talk about Elizabeth when Mary is not even betrothed.

When Charles arrives, he tells Henry that Jane Seymour returned the purse and the letter unopened. She had Charles tell Henry that she had no greater treasure in the world than her honour and if he wants to give her something, he should do so after a marriage.

Henry is pleased that she behaves in such a modest manner.

Late at night, Chapuys visits Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell mentions one great obstacle to legitimising Lady Mary and Chapuys agrees, it's the Queen. Cromwell then suggests that, if there is an obstacle, they must find a way around it.

King Henry is reading when Lady Jane arrives. He tells her to sit on his knee and says that her favour saved his life. They kiss and then Queen Anne enters who flies into a rage. Henry tells Jane to leave and tries to console Anne.

At night, as Anne's ladies in waiting are playing cards, they hear Anne scream out. When they hurry into the bedroom, Anne is bleeding and has a miscarriage. A limping Henry rushes to her bedroom to find her crying. He tells her: You've lost my boy. He will not talk about it but does say that God will not grant him any male children. When Anne is up, her will speak with her. Anne tells her it is not her fault, she was distressed to see him with Jane.

Henry talks to Cromwell and tells him he made this marriage seduced by witchcraft. He considers it null and void as evidenced by the fact that God will not permit him male issue. He will take another wife.