The Tudors (2007–2010)
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His Majesty, the King 

As a reward for his denunciation of Martin Luther, the Pope christens Henry "Defender of the Faith," but a brush with death causes the king to seek a solution to his lack of an heir. Princess Margaret marries the decrepit King of Portugal reluctantly, but the union is short-lived; Henry's desire for Anne Boleyn intensifies.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Queen Catherine of Aragon
Thomas Boleyn
Thomas Cromwell
Sir Thomas More
Princess Margaret (as Gabriel Anwar)
William Compton
Richard Pace
Joe Van Moyland ...
Thomas Tallis


Henry is rewarded by Rome with the hereditary honorary title Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith) for his denunciation of Martin Luther in a writing by his own hand, helped by Thomas More, arousing great anger with Luther and his followers. Poor mister Pace has gone mad in the Tower before the innocent secretary is released; cardinal Wolsey nominates his successor: Thomas Cromwell, equally low-born and ruthlessly ambitious. A victory at Pavia by Henry's Habsburg ally, emperor Charles, who even captured the French king Francis I, is celebrated in a joust, where Henry personally fights, and failing to close his helmet gets wounded, almost losing an eye, but gets back in the saddle, as if he were invulnerable; a reckless jump over a bog with a pole which breaks and miserable medical care -bleeding- remind Henry of his mortality, which makes the king focus on the Tudor dynasty's lack of a male heir. Princess Margaret marries the old decrepit king of Portugal only when promised she may ... Written by KGF Vissers

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22 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Maria Doyle Kennedy (Queen Catherine of Aragon) and James Frain (Thomas Cromwell) worked together years later in the TV show 'Orphan Black'. They played Siobhan Sadler and Ferdinand Chevalier respectively. See more »


It was Mary, Henry's younger sister, not Margaret, who was in love (and later became his wife) to Charles Brandon and was sent abroad to marry a feeble old king. This king was Louis XII, king of France, not king of Portugal. He died 10 years before king Francis was captured in Pavia by Charles V armies (not at the same time, as we are shown). See more »


King Henry VIII: [upon seeing the harm from the jousting accident] You almost lost an eye.
Anthony Knivert: [laughingly] Never use that one much anyway.
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The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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