After the murder by Frenchmen of his uncle, the English ambassador in Urbino, one of the Itamian states being invaded by France, young Tudor king Henry VIII orders his council to prepare war on France. His de facto prime minister, cardinal Wolsey, obeys but actually prepares an alternative, a pan-European institutionalized peace, to Thomas More's humanist liking, and plots to be rewarded with the papacy. Meanwhile Henry, whose major sorrow is the lack of a son, enjoys life, especially jousting, hunting and games with duke Charles Brandon and adulterous love, which only adds to the hatred of men around the duke of Buckingham, who believes to be the true pretender to the throne. Written by
Did You Know?
While plotting against the king, the Duke of Buckingham claims that he is a direct descendant of Edward II. Steven Waddington, the actor portraying Buckingham, played Edward II in the film, Edward II. See more
During the joust scene, none of the jousters are wearing neck protection called a gorget. Even though they have armour on their chest up to their neck and a helmet on their head there is a very large unprotected area on their throat. Since this is such a vulnerable area no jouster or fighter in armour would leave their throat unprotected in such a manner. See more
King Henry VIII
You are my wife. You are not my minister, you are not my chancellor, but my wife!
The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris See more