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
Sex. Intrigue. Excess. Treachery. Power. Obsession. Murder.
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Gillian Anderson was considered for the role of Katherine Parr before producers settled on Joely Richardson. See more
In establishing shots introducing scenes in the Vatican St Peter's Basilica is shown complete. The dome of St Peter's was not completed until 1590, over 50 years after the time the series is set and over 20 years after Michaelangelo (who also appears) died. It may be that the producers decided to show the complete basilica in these establishing shots to make it recognizable to the audience. See more
[to Anne Boleyn
I know what you are trying to do, but do not think to take the King away from me. Let him play with you. Let him give you gifts. But he cannot give you his true heart... for *I* have that in my keeping.
Referenced in The Borgias
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