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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Maria Doyle Kennedy (Queen Catherine of Aragon) and Kris Holden-Ried (William Compton) have both worked with actress Ksenia Solo. Maria worked with her in the TV show 'Orphan Black', playing Siobhan Sadler and Shay Davydov respectively; Kris worked with her in the TV show 'Lost Girl' playing Dyson and Kenzi respectively. Both shows were filmed in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See more
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King Henry VIII
Thomas Wyatt, were you in love with Anne Boleyn?
Of course I loved her. But... from a distance.
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