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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

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 King Henry VIII (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Charles Brandon (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Ambassador Bishop Chapuys / ... (25 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Thomas Cromwell (24 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Mary Tudor (23 episodes, 2008-2010)
Guy Carleton ...
 Chamberlain (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Anne Boleyn (21 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Edward Seymour (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Thomas Boleyn (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Richard Rich / ... (19 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Queen Catherine of Aragon (18 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Bishop Gardiner (17 episodes, 2009-2010)
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 George Boleyn (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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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

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It's Good to Be King. See more »

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There is no historical evidence suggesting that Thomas Tallis was bisexual. See more »

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As the series is set between 1491 and 1547, the fiddler is a major anachronism for several reasons. His instrument appears to be a Stradivarius design, the basis for most modern violins. Antonio Stradivari was born in 1644. The violin was held against the chest or stomach, not under the chin, until the 18th century. Finally, violin bows looked like small archery bows until the 19th century, when Francois Tourte invented the reverse curve bow. See more »

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Queen Katherine: He will tire of you, like all the others.
Anne Boleyn: And what if he does not?
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too much fact-tampering
27 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, it's gorgeous, well-acted but far too much tampering with the facts of history. Henry had TWO sisters, not one, and it was his sister, Mary, who was married off to a king in his dotage - and it was to the king of France, not Portugal. Margaret was married to the Scottish King, from whence comes the Stuart claim to the English throne. Don't watch this for your history exam! Just enjoy the costumes, set, fiery acting and music. The portrait of Henry, though, is wonderful. Lest we forget; he was quite handsome and charismatic in his younger days. As he continued getting his way both in politics and the bedroom, he grew more and more self-absorbed and ruthless. One good historical item is pointing out that, whatever was going on in separating from the Roman church, most of the English reformers had little use for Luther and wished to distance themselves from the continental reformation. Odd that today the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran church work hand-in-hand in aid efforts and acknowledge more readily our common bonds. Just FYI, the word "protestant" actually means one who protests the abuse of the Sacrements, which was rampant in those days.


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