The thirty-one-year-old Kateryn Parr is recently the widow of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer and she has come to the royal court. While there, she happens to catch the eye of the rather old and ailing corpulent King Henry VIII, who is determined to have her. When she is approached by the king with a proposal of marriage, Kateryn is very much taken aback and doesn’t really quite know what to say. Deep down, she is absolutely disgusted at the prospect of being the wife to such a man, a personage who has gone through five queens. After the king proposes, she smiles at him and requests that she has time to pray on the matter.