We begin season 2 with a King frustrated at every turn by the Vatican in his bid to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in order to marry the younger Anne Boleyn. The reasons, indeed necessity, for this step are multiple, but they center on one unshakable ambition: to father a son and heir to the Tudor dynasty inherited by Henry from his father. Without a son, this lineage, for which he has such ambitions, will die with him. But this desire alone is not the whole story. Inspired by the reformist zeal of a disgruntled German theologian named Martin Luther, Henry takes on the Catholic Church and launches a savage and ultimately bloody bid to be master of his own spiritual as well as secular destiny. The English Reformation brings together the personal and political ambitions of a Royal revolutionary.