The Tudors (2007–2010)
1 user 2 critic

Message to the Emperor 

Sir William Compton is diagnosed on his Warwickshire estate with highly contagious 'sweating sickness', the physician bleeds his back- death comes swift, his body is burned before burial, ... See full summary »


Alison Maclean (as Alison MacLean)


Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... King Henry VIII
Sam Neill ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Callum Blue ... Anthony Knivert
Henry Cavill ... Charles Brandon
Henry Czerny ... Norfolk
Natalie Dormer ... Anne Boleyn
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Queen Catherine of Aragon
Nick Dunning ... Thomas Boleyn
Jeremy Northam ... Sir Thomas More
Kris Holden-Ried ... William Compton
John Kavanagh ... Cardinal Campeggio
Joe Van Moyland Joe Van Moyland ... Thomas Tallis
Ciaran O'Brien Ciaran O'Brien ... Compton's Servant #1
Paul Butler Lennox Paul Butler Lennox ... Compton's Servant #2 (as Paul Lennox)
Joe Taylor Joe Taylor ... Compton's Physician


Sir William Compton is diagnosed on his Warwickshire estate with highly contagious 'sweating sickness', the physician bleeds his back- death comes swift, his body is burned before burial, Thomas Tallis breaks his lute on the fresh grave, then courts Joan Larke. The Cardinal flatters Ann and announces the alliance with France against the emperor is a fact, while he sends lawyers Stephen Gardiner and Foxe to pope Clement VII in Orvieto, requesting an annulment of the royal marriage to Catherine, if necessary by threats, while the emperor demands confirmation. The duke of Norfolk is removed from court. Just after the arrival of the new French ambassador, who promises French troops will drive the emperor out of Italy soon, the epidemic and utter panic reach London, even the royal court, where Henry tries every remedy, including working up a natural sweat, ultimately flees like most before him. The pope appoints cardinal Campeggio as legate to constitute a divorce court with Wolsey after ... Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | History | Romance | War


TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


To this day, no one really knows what the sweating sickness that swept through Tudor England (and which forms a core component of this episode's plot) was. The last known outbreak occurred in 1551 and has not been recorded since. Some speculate that it was a form of the hanta virus. See more »


Thomas Tallis is working on his musical score when he is approached by two girls. When he turns to talk to them the score is blank, however in the very next shot the pages have filled with notes. See more »


King Henry VIII: [together with Anne Boleyn] Ah! Your Excellence, allow me to introduce...
French Ambassador: Is this not Mademoiselle Anne? Enchanté. His Eminence, Cardinal Wolsey, has told me all about you, but he did not tell me how beautiful you are. For a Frenchman, that is almost a crime.
Anne Boleyn: [in French] But the French tell every woman she is beautiful. Is this not a crime also?
See more »


The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
See more »

User Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



UK | Ireland | Canada | USA



Release Date:

13 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed