Although Laoise Murray does indeed bear resemblance to the historical Elizabeth, being pale-skinned and copper-haired, she looks nothing like the dark-haired Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Henry VIII ; historically, Elizabeth was the spitting image of her father, although she had her mother's eyes. Catherine Parr was only four years older than Mary I and Mary was seventeen, when her younger sister Elizabeth was born. His widow married James Bainham , another outspoken religious reformer, who was ultimately burned at the stake by Thomas More, according to John Foxe 's Book of Martyrs. The series also portrays Margaret as Charles Brandon's first wife and implies that he married Catherine Willoughby to be a mother to his and Margaret's young son, and that he had no other children before or after the child he had with Margaret. In the show, Henry does however put Edward Seymour in charge of the government after Henry's death alongside Cranmer. This is perhaps quite relevant to appreciating historical context since Catherine's affair with Sir Thomas Culpeper and her declaration of true love to him on the block would sit better with a year-old girl trapped in a marriage to a much older and obese king. This was reportedly done to avoid confusion with Henry's daughter, Mary I of England. In fact, Mary got on rather well with Parr and did not fall out with Catherine until after Henry's death. In reality, one eyewitness, a merchant named Ottwell Johnson, wrote that both Lady Rochford's and Catherine Howard's souls must be with God, for they made the most godly and Christian end. Anne Herbert Catherine Parr's youngest sister, who is featured only in the last season of the series , was lady-in-waiting to all six of Henry's wives. Norfolk is also barely mentioned with regards to Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey , being called a mere kinsman to him, when in actuality Surrey was the Duke's eldest son and heir. The union lasted approximately three months, until his death; Louis was succeeded by his cousin Francis I , who was married to Louis's daughter, Claude of France. Further, Mary is shown to be openly hostile towards Catherine Parr after discovering her Protestant views. However, Simon Fish, while arrested for heresy, died in prison of bubonic plague. They were not given approval by Paul III, who remarks in the episode that he had approved their company, until These were carried on instead by John Stokesley , Bishop of London, who was very active in persecuting heretics.