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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Peter O'Toole and Simon Ward both starred in the 1984 film "Supergirl", which is a spin-off of "Superman". Henry Cavill played Superman in the 2013 film "Man of Steel" and it's 2016 sequel "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice". See more
In the series, Thomas Wyatt has an on-again/off-again relationship with Queen Catherine's lady-in-waiting. In real life, Wyatt married Elizabeth Brooke, daughter of Thomas Brooke, 8th Baron Cobham, in 1520. However, there is historical evidence that the real Wyatt was infatuated with Anne Boleyn, as shown in the series. See more
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
The King commands that you surrender this whole matter into his hands. Otherwise, the court will condemn you.
I am surprised to receive such a request from such a wise and noble man as you. I am but a poor woman, lacking in both wit and understanding. How am I supposed to respond to such a request made to me out of the blue?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
You know perfectly well what the King desires and what he shall have.
All I know, Eminence, is that you, for your own purposes, have kindled this fire. All this time, all ...
Version of Anne Boleyn
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