This costume drama features England's splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boleyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry (played by Johnathon Rhys Meyers) for the most part followed the Cardinal's advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him. When Anne Boleyn plays much harder to get than any woman ever has, Henry begins to search for a way out of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, so that he can make Anne his wife. Needing a divorce, Henry turns to Wolsey, who promises to help him create waves of backlash from the church, as well as the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and its overseas empire. Against this background gyrate the private lives and political intrigues of several ...
KGF Vissers and Ayla Slessor
Did You Know?
Alan Van Sprang and Torrance Coombs were both in this as well as Reign (2013) which takes place shortly after the death of Henry VIII. Sprang plays King Henry II of France while Coombs plays Bash his bastard son. See more
At the time, noblewomen wore hoods to conceal their hair as a sign of modesty, and free hair was considered scandalous. Most women in this series are shown with free hair. As a deeply religious woman, Katharine would not have been seen with her hair visible. She always wore an English gable hood which concealed the entire scalp. See more
[as Katherine is called upon to testify, she falls to her knees at Henry's feet
My Lord. Sir. I beseech you, for all the love that has been between us, let me have justice and right. Give me some pity and compassion, for I am a poor woman, and a stranger, born out of your dominion. I have no friend here, and little counsel. I flee to you as head of justice in this realm. I call to God and all the world to witness that I have been to you a true, humble, and obedient wife, ever comfortable to ...
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