The Tudors, Season 2HDClosed Captioning
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We begin season 2 with a King frustrated at every turn by the Vatican in his bid to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in order to marry the younger Anne Boleyn. The reasons, indeed necessity, for this step are multiple, but they center on one unshakable ambition: to father a son and heir to the Tudor dynasty inherited by Henry from his father. Without a son, this lineage, for which he has such ambitions, will die with him. But this desire alone is not the whole story. Inspired by the reformist zeal of a disgruntled German theologian named Martin Luther, Henry takes on the Catholic Church and launches a savage and ultimately bloody bid to be master of his own spiritual as well as secular destiny. The English Reformation brings together the personal and political ambitions of a Royal revolutionary.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||Divorce, Tudor style. As the Catholic Church struggles in vain to control Henry VIII's (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) demands for an annulment, the King appoints himself head of the Church of England. A cook is blackmailed into poisoning a high-ranking bishop, then boiled alive for his crime. When Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) insists Henry break all contacts with Katherine, (Maria Doyle Kennedy) the noble Queen is banished from court. The Reformation has begun.||57:50||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||Henry continues undermining the Catholic Church's influence in England, while his chaplain makes a fact-finding tour of Lutheran Germany, and Anne resolves to consummate her relationship with the king - even as Charles Brandon begins planting doubts about her virtue.||58:14||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||His patience at an end, Henry marries Anne in secret, appoints his Lutheran chaplain Thomas Cranmer the head of the Church, and strips Queen Katherine of her title and status; the king and new queen have their first child, and are disappointed that it's a girl...whom they christen Elizabeth.||52:57||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||The country is asked to swear an oath recognizing the new royal succession, and Henry as the supreme authority in England; Anne becomes pregnant again and schemes to ensure that she controls her randy husband's mistresses; Sir Thomas More refuses to swear to all aspects of the oath and is jailed in the Tower of London.||54:50||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||A miscarriage and her sister Mary's impetuous marriage to a lowly soldier jeopardize the power of Anne and her family at court; after many failed attempts to coerce his endorsement of the king's new powers, Sir Thomas More is finally ordered to be executed as a traitor by a reluctant Henry.||54:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||The power and influence of Thomas Cromwell spreads as he investigates the Catholic Church for evidence of corruption, even as Pope Paul III denounces the execution of Sir Thomas More; the queen is rebuffed in her efforts to betroth Elizabeth to the French dauphin after the king of France refuses to recognize her daughter's legitimacy.||52:24||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||The persecution of the Catholic Church reaches its pinnacle as Thomas Cromwell reports on the institution's accounts and confiscates its wealth for the crown, making Henry the richest English king in history; Katherine dies in pious poverty and obscurity, leaving Anne, newly pregnant, a firmer grip on power; a new lady in waiting catches Henry's eye: Jane Seymour.||55:31||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 8||The brief resurgence of Anne at court is short-lived, as Jane Seymour rapidly replaces her in the king's affections, a process speeded up by Henry's near-fatal jousting accident and Anne's hysteria-induced miscarriage; now that Katherine is dead, Henry attempts to renew his alliance with her nephew Charles, the Holy Roman Emperor, who makes an intriguing proposal.||52:54||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 9||The fall from grace of Anne Boleyn is swift and complete, as the king grants greater powers to the family of his new love Jane Seymour, and accepts Thomas Cromwell's obviously trumped-up charges of adultery against the queen, who is found guilty and forced to witness the executions of her alleged lovers, who even include her own brother George.||53:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 10||The second season finale, Anne awaits her execution in the Tower of London as Henry's marriage to her is annulled and he proposes to Jane Seymour, who accepts; baby Elizabeth is removed from the line of succession; after several delays that give her false hope of a reprieve, Anne Boleyn is beheaded - while her ex-husband and king feasts on a royal delicacy: roasted swan.||50:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Historical Fiction in Parts, But Fun
I'm sure Strickland and other historians are rolling over in their graves over the lack of historical accuracy, if not the ELIZABETHEAN PERIOD costumes for the younger men, but the series is fun and gorgeous to look at. I would have liked to see the series start with Henry Tudor's 'victory' at Redmore Plain in 1485 (dumb luck and treachery more than military genius) and give background to why his son, Henry VIII, was so sick and twisted and why he was nothing more than a spoiled, rotten, royal brat with the ego the size of Europe.
Even better than Season 1!
It may not be entirely historically accurate, but it does make for some great television.