The Shadow of the Tower (1972)
A Fly in the Ointment
41. A correction from my last post. King Henry VII and Queen Mary I were not father and daughter. They were grandfather and granddaughter. Of course, Mary's father was King Henry VIII, which probably goes a long way to explain her behavior, when she was Queen.
42. Perkin Warbeck, who is mentioned in this episode, was not who he claimed to be, but . . .?! is believed by some to have been a by-blow of King Edward IV, which would go to explain his resemblance to Edward.
43. After some very heavy drama in Episodes V and VI, the light comedy in this episode is much needed and appreciated.
44. The episode shapes up, so that King Henry VII does not appear in this episode till it is more than half over.
45. Hard to believe maybe, but conmen existed more than 500 years ago to fleece the gullible.
The Princely Gift
46. John or Giovanni Cabot, or, when Italians were still the best sailors in Europe.
47. Everyone is so sure of everything.
48. Religion plays a part in scientific belief, as it still does for some people.
49. If Cabot almost sailed for Spain, then Columbus almost sailed for England. If Spain had not agreed to finance his trip to the New World, his next stop was to be England. How different would have been the history of the world, if that had happened.
50. Cabot's wife sees his death in graphic detail in this episode. We don't know if she was right or not, as we not only don't know the manner of his death, we don't know exactly when he died.
51. At least one of his sons followed in his father's footsteps. Becoming an explorer and exploring the shores of North America, like his father.
52. The comic opera accents just keep on coming. Previously, we had Irish, and now we have Italian and Spanish.
Next time: episodes 9 and 10