Wolf Hall – Episode 4 Review

Through the Eyes of Anne Boleyn

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (book cover) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (book cover)

This episode starts off with Henry being upset that Anne has given birth to a daughter. He does not ask how Anne is and just says to call her Elizabeth. It soon switches over to Cromwell seeing Anne. This wouldn’t have been allowed in reality as she wouldn’t have been churched yet. Anyway she just tells him that the Lady Mary should serve in Elizabeth’s household and know her place.

Spiteful Jane Boleyn is the next to approach Cromwell. Once again, she is portrayed as a gossip and spy, willing to sell anyone out. Recently, historians have disproved this portrayal but still it is being used.

Soon Cromwell proposes the act of succession, however Anne isn’t happy when she finds that it says about her death. She is worried about what will happen to Elizabeth if she dies and the next queen has…

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