The Tudors, Season 1Closed Captioning
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Bypassing the typical costume drama for a more scandalous take on the times, The Tudors focuses on the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII of England's nearly 40-year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts, marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves into Henry's most notable political relationships, including those with philosopher Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||In the series premiere, Henry prepares for war with France but receives cautious counsel from the powerful Cardinal Wolsey, who urges a treaty; the king learns that his queen's lady-in-waiting, Elizabeth Blount, is pregnant with his child.||55:41||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||Henry contemplates an alliance with Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V of Spain, despite his Field of Cloth of Gold ceremony celebrating allegiance to France; Elizabeth gives birth to the king's illegitimate son.||56:37||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||Despite being named Defender of the Faith by the Pope, Henry begins to scheme to replace his queen with the more desirable Anne Boleyn; court intrigues involving Princess Margaret and plots against Cardinal Wolsey intensify.||57:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||Henry is stunned by a reversal in his alliance with Charles V and forced to look elsewhere for European support, while an insulted Anne Boleyn refuses his offer of permanent mistress status, inflaming his desire to marry her.||54:57||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||An increasingly confident Henry grows dissatisfied with the Catholic Church's progress with his petition for an annulment of his marriage, making Cardinal Wolsey further vulnerable to conspirators.||56:52||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||England is struck down with food shortages and a plague outbreak, forcing the normally buoyant Henry to doubt his future and abilities - but a sudden change in fortunes is on the horizon.||56:11||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 8||A special envoy from the Pope arrives to hear Henry's petition regarding the legitimacy of his marriage. The fate of Cardinal Wolsey's career, the king's romance with Anne Boleyn, and the nation's relationship with Rome hang in the balance.||55:15||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 9||The fall from grace and power of Cardinal Wolsey is fast and merciless, with the one-time Lord Chancellor stripped of authority and influence. His replacement is an unusual choice: the morally righteous Sir Thomas More.||50:24||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 10||In the season finale, a disgraced Cardinal Wolsey tries one last, desperate gambit to resurrect his career by allying himself with the similarly fallen Queen Katherine, but the king's new advisors learn of their plot.||53:58||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Highy Addictive -- But Don't Expect Much Historical Accuracy
Left Brain: Wait, the names are correct, but it's not quite right. Isn't Henry too young? Too wiry? Too one-dimensional? Everyone's ignoring court protocol and bouncing around on their own terms. It sounds familiar but the notes are different somehow. Right Brain: Who cares? Henry is hot. Anne is awesome. The costumes ROCK. Shut up and enjoy the ride. It's TV.
If you like historical fiction, you'll love this series, but this series has something to offer anyone -- action, intrigue, politics, and sex (plenty of sex). This is definitely not for children. Catch Season 1 now before Season 2 starts later this year.
history light, for sure.
rather inaccurate at times but very entertaining. mary doyle kennedy is a gem! absolutely the best catherine of aragon to date. her performance during the trial makes the series worth watching.