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||The Reformation begins as Henry declares himself head of the Church of England, banishes Katherine from the court, and blackmails a cook into assassinating a high-ranking Catholic bishop.||57:50||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||Henry continues undermining the Catholic Church's influence in England, while Anne resolves to consummate her relationship with the king, even as Charles Brandon begins planting doubts about her virtue.||58:15||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||Henry secretly marries Anne Boleyn and appoints his Lutheran chaplain head of the Church, but the newlyweds are disappointed when their first child is a girl, whom they name Elizabeth.||52:57||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||Henry asks the entire country to swear an oath, and jails Sir Thomas More for refusing to take it; Anne becomes pregnant again and schemes to control Henry's mistresses.||54:50||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||Anne's miscarriage and her sister's impetuous marriage threaten the Boleyn family's power at court, while a reluctant Henry orders the execution of his old friend, advisor and mentor Sir Thomas More.||54:53||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||The power of Thomas Cromwell widens as he investigates Catholic corruption, while the Pope denounces Sir Thomas More's execution, and the king of France refuses to recognize Elizabeth's legitimacy.||52:24||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||Cromwell confiscates Catholic property, enriching Henry; Katherine dies in pious poverty and obscurity, leaving Anne, newly pregnant, a firmer grip on power, even as a new lady in waiting catches Henry's eye.||55:31||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 8||After another miscarriage, Anne is quickly replaced by Jane Seymour in the king's affections; Henry attempts to renew his alliance with the king of Spain, who makes an intriguing proposal.||52:54||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 9||Anne Boleyn's fall is swift, as Henry accepts charges of adultery against her, sentences her alleged lovers to death, and grants royal favors to the family of his new love, Jane Seymour.||53:39||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 10||Henry proposes marriage to Jane Seymour and removes baby Elizabeth from the line of succession, even as Anne awaits her execution in the Tower of London.||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.