Following the execution of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII enjoys a blissful but short-lived third marriage to Jane Seymour, who gives him a male heir but dies in childbirth. Cromwell engineers a politically expedient marriage to Anne of Cleves. When it's a disaster Cromwell pays with his head. Then from the north comes the Pilgrimage of Grace, an uprising led by Catholic nobles against the Reformation. Henry's throne is threatened as never before, but he defeats the rebels and exacts a terrible revenge.