Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Tudors I have just spent the first week of the holidays watching all 4 seasons of 'The Tudors'.

That is many hours of viewing time.
That is many hours of fantastic costumes, horrible tortures, lusty bedroom scenes, lies and treachery, executions and history.

Yes, everyone was too good looking, and their teeth were too perfect, and no-one looked like they smelt too bad, and licence was taken with the storyline at times,
but I loved it.
My favourite actor in the series had to be Henry Cavill, who played Charles Brandon, the 1st Duke of Suffolk.
Season One of The Tudors chronicles the period of Henry VIII's reign in which his effectiveness as King is tested by international conflicts as well as political intrigue in his own court, while the pressure of fathering a male heir compels him to reject his wife Katherine of Aragon in favor of Anne Boleyn. He also has a string of affairs, and fathers an illegitimate son, who later dies.

Season Two finds Henry as the head of the Church of England, the result of his break with the Catholic Church over its refusal to grant him a divorce from Katherine. During his battle with Rome, he secretly marries a pregnant Anne. Anne's own failure to produce a son dooms her as Henry's attention shifts toward Jane Seymour.

Season Three focuses on Henry's marriages to Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, the birth of his son Edward VI, his ruthless suppression of the Pilgrimage of Grace, the downfall of Thomas Cromwell, and the beginnings of Henry's relationship with the "dangerous" Katherine Howard.

Season Four focuses on Henry's ill-fated marriage to Katherine Howard, his uncommonly successful final marriage with Katherine Parr, an attempted invasion of France and the question of the kingdom's leadership after Henry's death.


Sophie said...

oooh sounds fab!

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

I love this show, only I've just seen seasons 1 and 2. The other 2 are in my Netflix Queue, but if season 3 is available now, I'll have to be saure and move it up to the top so I can WATCH IT ALREADY!!! How did you see Season 4? Did you watch it on HBO or something?