If you are not a fan of brutal medieval torture methods, than DO NOT watch this episode. I think I even saw my husband cringe and turn away (he likes the brutal nature of the times.)
Last week, we ended with the King getting a letter. We now learn that it is unsigned, and a tip off to Queen Katherine’s wild and naughty ways of her past. He can’t believe it, and authorizes a full investigation of the matter to hopefully dismiss it immediately, however that does not happen. Francis Derehem’s name was brought up in the letter, so he was quickly nabbed. Also, Jane was pulled in for questioning because she was working at the same house that Derehem and Queen Katherine were at.
So much of this episode was really about the torture of Francis Derehem and the inquisition of all parties involved. After the history comes out and Francis and Katherine confirm their pasts, and Katherine adds that Francis raped her… apparently the over 100 times they’ve slept together. everyone starts to question her innocence after marriage with the King. Torturing Francis (pulling out all of his fingernails ninja style, and starting to pull out his teeth), he informs them about Thomas Culpepper.
Now is the interrogation on Thomas. This is huge. They both deny (as history indicated too) any sexual relations ever occurred between the two. However, the letter was found from Queen Katherine to Thomas in his quarters (a.k.a. bedroom). Once that was found, Queen Katherine’s fate was in. I’m surprised they didn’t have King Henry say “off with her head!” They killed everyone. Lady Rochford even was on the chopping block because she was called a Madame in a Whore House! Okay, they used the word Brothel… but, I can improvise…right?
Anyway, Lady Rochford had her part in this, and surprisingly, Lady Jane was totally excused from the head removal seminar (good spin… right?) However, Lady Rochford went crazy, and played with her poop on the walls, like an 8 month old bored in her crib (yes, my kids did that too.) So, King Henry forced a Bill to be created to kill an insane person for high treason. Making a point about treason???
So Francis and Thomas are killed together. Francis was hung, but then poked or should I say stabbed with a hot iron poker and was stabbed to death. Thomas was beheaded. It was said that Francis died a horrible death because he spoiled Katherine for the Queen.
In the end, it was Charles who escorted the Queen to the tower where she was walking and saw the heads of her prior sexual conquests on a stick. She never even looked at Francis and all she could say was Thomas, no. She asked for the chopping block, so she could practice putting her head on it. Why she had to do it naked, is beyond me. I am sure the men loved seeing her naked one last time, like a parting gift, shall we say.
It’s the end, they are up there on the stage, and when it is Queen Katherine’s turn, she announces that she dies a Queen, however, she would have much rather died Thomas Culpepper’s wife. The crowd starts gossiping to each other immediately. She then lays her head on the chopping block that is full of blood from Lady Rochford (they couldn’t have wiped it dry at least?) and they cut out as the executioner raises the axe to obviously behead her.
What did you think? Too much??? Or did you think that she got what she deserved? Comment below!