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?
Actress Anna Brewster
who portrayed Anna Buckingham in the first two episodes of the first season has been included (through a scene clip) in the first three season's opening credits. Before Henry Cavill
's credit rolls, a distinct scene that both actors shared in the first episode of season 1 appears. The scene was not included in the opening credits for season 4. See more
White was the mourning color of queens, not black. However, Spain's mourning colors were yellow and black. Katherine of Aragon wearing black is historically accurate. See more
Duke of Buckingham
I am a direct descendant of Edward II. This is MY crown!
References The Count of Monte Cristo
Performed by Evanescence See more