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
Lover. Warrior. Rebel. King. Prepare for reign.
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Did You Know?
The show makes it seem there is a several year jump between seasons 3 and 4 judging by the changes in appearance of Henry VIII and Charles Brandon. Both have significantly more grey hair and look much older. In reality the time between the seasons would have been a month or two at most. Elizabeth also seems to have aged a few years from the last season going from around age 8 to around 12 or 13. See more
As Queen Jane Seymour lays dying, Henry pleads with her not to go, calling her "the milk of human kindness." The phrase was coined thirty years later by William Shakespeare for Lady Macbeth. 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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