It's Epiphany 1542. That much married monarch Henry VIII is just starting to get back his interest in life following the execution of Catherine Howard last February. Anne of Cleves is rather hoping that he might give her another chance, but is that likely?
Relations with Scotland are taking centre stage: the English have just defeated the Scots at the Battle of Solway Moss. The Scottish King James V has died, some say of a broken heart, leaving his baby daughter Mary as Queen of Scots.
Scottish prisoners have been brought to join the King Henry's Christmas festivities at Hampton Court, where they discover that they're part of an undercover plot to sabotage Scotland's independence. And, at the end of the day, the King will be wearing his Crown of State when the captive Scottish lords have to decide where their true loyalties lie.