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
When King Henry engages in a joust, neither his shield nor his horse displays his own coat of arms. Also, the shields shown have broad raised edges prone to catching the opponent's lance. In reality, jousting armour and shields were designed to have lances deflect off. See more
King Henry VIII
An important question, whether it is better for a king to be feared or loved.
The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
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