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I wish we would go down to the wield one day. Talk to the iron masters. I've had various drawings, mathematical drawings and advices concerning how our ordinance can be improved, but I... I can't... I can't make as much of it as you would. That's because... Well... Because you are my right hand, sir. So, shall we go down? You and I. Meet the charcoal burners.
Lady Rochford: I'm no virgin girl. She induced him to put his seed otherwise than he should have. Now, Henry calls it a filthy proceeding. But God love him, he doesn't know where the filth begins.
"The King cannot copulate with a woman. He has neither skill nor vigour." I didn't say that.
These are not my words.
But I pray God save the King, and sent him long to reign over you for a gentler nor more merciful prince was there never. And to me was he ever good, a gentle and a sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge best.
I represent the King's interests. That's what I am for.
Put your men on the road, lay out money, search Europe. You'll not find any talent I possess
that England cannot use.
The Cardinal used to tell people that I was an orphan. Or else that... I don't know. I was Irish. Recently escaped from prison. He said it was wise to deceive others about your past, even if there was nothing to conceal. But I was wondering whether it's possible to deceive oneself.
I have influence on King Henry, Eustache. But I do not claim to govern him. To succeed with Henry you have to anticipate his desires. But then, if he changes his mind, you stand out there. Exposé, huh?
- The Queen sees enemies everywhere.
- So she should.
No. His son is dying. His heir. He'll have to start breeding again, with his new wife. She's 14, you know. He won't leave her alone. Not judging by the startled look on her face.
Lady Alice: My husband used to say, "Put Thomas Cromwell in a dungeon, and by evening, he'll be sitting on cushions with jailors owing him money."
Cromwell: Did he talk a lot about putting me in dungeons?
How many men can say, "My only friend is the King of England"? You'd think I have everything.
If a king cannot have a son... If he cannot give stability to his realm, then it doesn't matter
what else he can do. The victories. For just laws. For famous courts. Nothing.
As for induced, Your Highness knows the king cannot be led. But he can be enticed.
She's selling herself by the inch. She wants a cash present for every advance above her knee. She's got long legs. By the time he reaches her secret part, the nation will be bankrupt.
You're a man whose money is almost spent. I'm a man who knows how you've spent it. You're a man who's borrowed all over Europe. I'm a man who knows your creditors. One word from me, and all your debts will be called in. ... The world is not run from where you think it is. From border fortresses, even from Whitehall. The world is run from Antwerp, from Florence, from Lisbon. From wherever the merchant ships set sail off into the west. Not from castle walls, from counting houses. From the pens that scrape out your promissory notes. So believe me when I say that my banker friends and I will rip your life apart.
-If it's such an old story, why hasn't the king heard it?
-Part of the art of ruling, perhaps. Know when to shut your ears.
-Thomas Cromwell, why don't you marry again?
-No one will have me, Lady Alice.
-Nonsense, your master may be down but you're not poor and you've got everything below in good working order, haven't you?
Well, if you ask me about the monks, I speak from experience, not prejudice. And my experiences, well, largely, have been one of corruption and waste. I've seen monks who live like great lords on the offerings of the poor. Take children in, and rather than
educating them as they promised, use them as servants. For hundreds of years, the monks have written what we take to be our history. I think they have suppressed our true history and written one that's favourable to Rome.
Cromwell: This palace belongs to the Archdiocese of York. When did Lady Anne become an archbishop?
Cardinal Wolsey: Now, now, Thomas, everything I have, I have from the King. If he wants to take York Place fully furnished, then I'm sure we'll find some other roof to shelter under.
But he believes he's free to choose his own wife. Free to choose his own... He's not some ploughboy! He's the man who'll have to hold the north for us someday.
Wolsey: So, Master Cromwell, William Popely tells me I might find a use for you. A man of many talents, he says. A remarkable memory.
Cromwell: It's a technique, My Lord. I learned it in Italy.
Wolsey: How long were you abroad?
Cromwell: Twelve years.
Wolsey: Where are you from?
Cromwell: Putney, left when I was boy.
Wolsey: Your father?
Wolsey: Ah, at last! A man born in a more lowly state than myself.
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