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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Did You Know?
Alan Van Sprang and Torrance Coombs were both in this as well as Reign (2013) which takes place shortly after the death of Henry VIII. Sprang plays King Henry II of France while Coombs plays Bash his bastard son. 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
You think you know a story, but you only know how it ends. To get to the heart of the story, you have to go back to the beginning.
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