Cardinal Campeius is sent by the Pope to act as co-judge with Wolsey in the matter of the validity of the King and Queen’s marriage.
He becomes friendly with Wolsey, and intends to help him become Pope. With Wolsey, he tries to argue Queen Katherine into agreeing with the King, but in unsuccessful. Unlike Cranmer, he refuses to judge the Queen in her absence. He leaves the country without taking official leave of the King, to the latter’s wrath.