The Tudors: Season 1, Episode 10

The Death of Wolsey (10 Jun. 2007)

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Now cardinal Wolsey lives in misery as penniless archbishop of and in York, barred from court, hoping in vain Ann Boleyn who broke his hold on the king will reward his efforts as she once ... See full summary »


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Now cardinal Wolsey lives in misery as penniless archbishop of and in York, barred from court, hoping in vain Ann Boleyn who broke his hold on the king will reward his efforts as she once wrote, honors and offices are mainly distributed to the Boleyn clan, with Norfolk in charge -Charles Brandon neglects his joint presidency- of the royal council. While the devout, rather ascetic new chancellor Thomas More is determined to crush heresy, personally attending the stake, Thomas Cromwell convinces Henry that under Luther's vision the king is above all earthly laws, even his annulment should merely be treated as a theological matter, so he is commissioned to put the case before European theology faculties, while ambassador Boleyn must approach pope and emperor. Once he tastes the burden of government, Henry reproaches the council less virtue and worse results then the cardinal, especially now the treasury is empty and troubles spread, but when Cromwell learns trough a physician about ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The red velvet jacket and brocade gown Rebekah Wainwright (Catherine Brook, Charles Brandon's ward) wears is the same costume seen on Gwyneth Paltrow (Viola De Lesseps) in Shakespeare in Love (1998). See more »


Cardinal Wolsey was not imprisoned and did not commit suicide. After being accused of treason, he set out for London to answer the charges and died en route in Leicester. Wolsey's death came in 1530, three years before the death of Henry's sister Mary; in the series, the two events are juxtaposed. See more »


King Henry VIII: Have I made you unhappy?
Anne Boleyn: No. I would only be unhappy if you ever stopped loving me.
King Henry VIII: London would have to melt into the Thames first.
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Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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Best episode yet ... attention SPOILERS..
11 March 2008 | by (Cluj,Romania) – See all my reviews

In spite of the discrepancies between this episode and the true historical events I still consider the 10th episode to be the best one yet. Up until now I couldn't determine which character is good or evil. The final scenes in which Wolsey makes his las confession are superb.

The parallel drawn between his confession and the stage show wants to portrait Wolsey as an evil man. This is the image that the previous episodes suggested about Wolsey. But in his final words, which seem very sincere, we can see that his intentions were not always evil and he was a victim of the circumstances. This totally changed my opinion about Wolsey. Also seeing all the other from the court enjoying the show we get a glimpse of who they really are.

Great acting by mr Sam Neil and a great soundtrack (wish I could find out the name of the song which plays during the confession).

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