This costume drama features England's splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boleyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry (played by Johnathon Rhys Meyers) for the most part followed the Cardinal's advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him. When Anne Boleyn plays much harder to get than any woman ever has, Henry begins to search for a way out of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, so that he can make Anne his wife. Needing a divorce, Henry turns to Wolsey, who promises to help him create waves of backlash from the church, as well as the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and its overseas empire. Against this background gyrate the private lives and political intrigues of several ... Written by
KGF Vissers and Ayla Slessor
Did You Know?
There are a surprising number of significant characters in The Tudors named Thomas. These include Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cramner, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Culpeper and Thomas Seymour. Plus Thomas Seymour's son Thomas, fathered during his affair with his brother's wife. See more
There is no historical record that Margaret Tudor married (and/or murdered) the King of Portugal. She did married James IV of Scotland and became Queen of Scotland. See more
King Henry VIII
I have no heir. The Tudor Dynasty, all my father's work, finished, and it's MY fault!
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