King Henry VIII finds his new wife in a teenager named Katherine Howard, but the young queen soon causes jealousy among the king's court.
Due to his age, Henry is forced to leave the Christmas celebrations. In the meantime, the Seymore clan becomes the target of Lord Surrey.
Henry forgives the citizens of the North who rebelled against him. Meanwhile, rumors about an affair between Henry's new wife and Thomas Culpepper spread.
After the king's pardon, the North surprises Henry with a warm welcome. Back at Henry's court, Queen Katherine is being blackmailed by a former lover.
Henry discovers Katherine's affair and punishes her with banishment.
Henry decides to put his daughters back in his line of succession and surprises with an unexpected political alliance.
Catherine Parr becomes Henry's final wife and is able to stabilize Henry's household.
The defeat of the French in Boulogne comes with a high prize and costs the lives of thousands of Henry's men and the king decides to return home in triumph.
Henry's health worsens after his military campaign against France and he suffers constant pain from his ulcerous leg. Meanwhile, Bishop Gardiner accuses Henry's wife Catherine Parr of being a heretic.
King Henry learns that his friends King Francis and Charles Brandon are dying. Confronted with mortality, the ghosts of his former wives pay him a visit and Hans Holbein paints a last portrait of Henry.