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« on: November 11, 2010, 12:14:54 AM »

In 1990, my wife was cast as a member of the chorus in a musical retelling of the life of Henry VIII entitled A MASQUE FOR HENRY (it was written and produced by the actor who played the principal of a middle school on a popular 80's sitcom . . . not BOY MEETS WORLD, but one very similar).  I had already taken a course in Tudor and Stuart England taught by the finest instructor I ever had, Dr. Robin Rudoff, and between the highly entertaining play and Dr. Rudoff's brilliant lectures, I became completely captivated by the life of this sixteenth century monarch.  I have read every biography I could get my hands on and several historical novels as well.  So when THE TUDORS first came out I was prepared to love it.
   Inittially, I was offput by how little John Rhys-Myers resembled Henry VIII.  But the remarkable screenwriting, brilliant acting, and excellent casting won me over, and by the end of season 1, I was hooked.  Two weeks ago, Season 4 came out on video, and I watched the series finale tonight.

BRILLIANT.  There is not another word.  To see the lusty and powerful King slowly reduced to a feeble invalid, haunted by the ghosts that he himself created, was at once touching and satisfying.  Tamzin Merchant projected just the right aura of innocence and sensuality as the ill-fated child queen Katherine Howard (although I'll admit her nude scenes made me a bit uncomfortable as she looks to be about 13!), and one of my favorite actresses and longtime celebrity crushes, Joely Richardson, was perfectly cast as Henry's final bride, the devout widow Katherine Parr.

If you love history at all, if rich drama appeals to you, and low cut sixteenth century dresses that don't always stay on sound appealing, I would urge anyone who has not seen this series to rent Season 1 and treat yourself to about 40 episodes of English Renaissance awesomeness! Thumbup Thumbup Thumbup Thumbup Thumbup

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010, 04:30:05 PM »

I'm afraid I've never seen an episode of it. The only TV miniseries on Henry VIII I have seen is "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" w/ Keith Mitchell in the title role. And that's the 1970 version, and not the 2001 version.

That'd be followed the next year or 1971 by "Eizabeth R." w/ Glenda Jackson in the title role, which I remember as being even better that "The Six Wives of Henry VIII," as good as that was.

And here's an easy way to remember the fates of Henry's six wives.

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 02:57:47 PM »

My wife got wrapped up in the Tudor era and, of course, this series. Then she got me wrapped up in it. I really enjoyed the entire series. Natalie Dormer being incredibly hot as Anne Bolyn certainly helped, and that season where she died was particularly good, but overall it was a solid series. I had my doubts about the final season, but I was impressed by the portrayal of the very respectful relationship between Henry and Katherine Parr, showing that Henry had finally grown up. Amazing how driven by his passions he was throughout most of his life.

One part of the show also stuck out for me for some strange reason. When Henry went into depression and seclusion following Jane Seymour's death, the only person that provided him counsel was his fool. Most people don't know that the king's fool was no fool by the common definition. Instead the king's fool was generally an educated man, with wit, was was one of the few people who could actually speak openly and criticize the king. Provided it wasn't public, the fool could generally say whatever he pleased, and some kings would give great consideration to the the advice given.

I'd like to voluteer myself for this role to our Presidents.

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