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?
The Treaty of Universal Peace, as depicted in Episode 1 of Season 1, is also called the Treaty of London. This was signed in 1518 in London, not in France. This was signed by England, Burgundy, France, The Netherlands, the Holy Roman Empire, Spain and the Papal States (part of present day Italy, France and Vatican City). See more
In establishing shots introducing scenes in the Vatican St Peter's Basilica is shown complete. The dome of St Peter's was not completed until 1590, over 50 years after the time the series is set and over 20 years after Michaelangelo (who also appears) died. It may be that the producers decided to show the complete basilica in these establishing shots to make it recognizable to the audience. See more
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
The King commands that you surrender this whole matter into his hands. Otherwise, the court will condemn you.
I am surprised to receive such a request from such a wise and noble man as you. I am but a poor woman, lacking in both wit and understanding. How am I supposed to respond to such a request made to me out of the blue?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
You know perfectly well what the King desires and what he shall have.
All I know, Eminence, is that you, for your own purposes, have kindled this fire. All this time, all ...
Version of Henry VIII
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