Sansa Stark as Elizabeth Tudor Petyr Baelish as Thomas Seymour
Sir Thomas Seymour, Knight, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, Lord High Admiral of England, and Master of the Ordnance was also the fourth husband of Catherine Parr who was the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. However, he is probably best known for his influence in the life of the future Queen Elizabeth I.
Within weeks of King Henry’s death, Thomas Seymour had rekindled the affair with Catherine Parr, and they were secretly married. Upon their marriage, Thomas moved into his wife’s house, at Chelsea Manor in London, where she lived with her step-daughter, princess Elizabeth. Thomas was the uncle of Elizabeth’s half-brother, and the newly wed husband of her step-mother, and their family roles regarding each other, were, perhaps, unclear. Lord Seymour, approaching age 40 but having charm and “a powerful sex appeal”, engaged in romps and horseplay with the 14-year-old Elizabeth. Was Elizabeth frightened, or merely annoyed? Or was she infatuated with his boldness? It was said that she bore him affection. However, after lady Catherine discovered the pair in an embrace, she ended this state of affairs, Elizabeth was sent away. (x)
In her relationship with Seymour, Elizabeth had fallen into a trap, but the danger brought out the best in her. In her replies to the council, she showed the shrewdness and spirit she would later be famous for. She survived the scandal. Thomas Seymour was not so lucky. The Seymour Scandal and its fallout led to the creation of the Virgin Queen. On hearing of Seymour’s beheading, Elizabeth sagely observed ‘This day died a man of much wit, and very little judgement’. His fate remained with her. She would never allow her heart to rule her head again. (x)