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The Tudors Episode: "Simply Henry"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Henry endangers his peace treaty with France by offering an alliance to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Spain; Henry has the final say with a political rival; Elizabeth gives birth to Henry's illegitimate son.
Original Air Date: Apr 8, 2007

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April 8, 2007: Putting on Heirs Season 1, Episode 2

Another great episode. But more than that, I'm really enjoying your comments. Please don't be shy about sharing your knowledge on all things Henry. In addition to being entertained by the show, I also feel like I'm learning a lot from you. Henry finally got what he wanted in tonight's episode: a male heir. Lady Blunt seemed saddened that she couldn't have the king's love, but her door prize is that her son is recognized by the king and will want for nothing. I did feel bad for Katherine (for the sake of continuity, I'm going to continue spelling her name this way, although I did read your posts about the alternate spelling) when she went to church and begged for a male heir in her barren womb. She's got to be feeling the pressure. And poor Lord Buckingham. We all knew what was coming, but I wanted him to stick around a bit longer so he could be a thorn in the king's side. Buckingham's march to his death was very affecting. His face and his actions really made me feel for him. Although he was certainly guilty of treason I still had some sympathy for him. Does anyone know if Knivert really held Buckingham's arms out so the executioner could do his work? That's cold but in times like these it's good to show your loyalty publicly. England's uneasy alliance with France is about to come crashing down. The king of France shamed Henry at the Palace of Illusions during their wrestling match. In fact, Henry was so angry he almost didn't sign the treaty of universal and perpetual peace. I'm happy More was able to talk some sense into him. Henry also meets Mary Boleyn, the king of France's English mare, at the summit. Henry invites her to demonstrate some of the things she learned in the French court on him but he tires of her quickly upon their return to England. Wolsey is betrayed by the cardinals after they hear of his meeting with the Holy Roman Emperor, also known as King Charles V of Spain. Henry sends Wolsey to discover if an alliance between England and Spain can be brokered against France. The deed is done and war is coming. Sir Boleyn is much more calculating and devious than I realized. Politics in that day and age had very high stakes. You could lose your home, your money, your title, or your head. It's interesting to me that he basically offers up his daughters to the king, but I guess that's the way you got ahead in those days. All that maneuvering had to take its toll on everyone. I found it especially interesting that Lady Blunt's husband was bribed with an earldom. Would you trade your integrity for a title? We know More wouldn't. Thomas Tallis makes a very brief appearance here. I think he's meant to remind us how much of a Renaissance man the king was. He enjoyed literature and music and could speak a number of languages. He wasn't all about sins of the flesh; he was also a smart man with many ambitions for himself and his country. I also wanted to point out how impressed I am by the costume and set design. Some of the outfits they wear are amazing. It must have been fun to wear those clothes during filming. Interested in learning a little more about the experience of making this series? Then click here. show less
Another great episode. But more than that, I’m really enjoying your comments. Please don’t be shy about sharing your knowledge on all things Henry. In addition to being entertained by the show, I also feel like I’m learning a lot from you.Henry finally got what he wanted in tonight’s episode: a male heir. Lady Blunt seemed saddened that she couldn’t have the king’s love, but her door prize is that her son is recognized by the king and will want for nothing. I did feel bad for Katherine (for the sake of continuity, I’m going to continue spelling her name this way, although I did read your posts about the alternate spelling) when she went to church and begged for a male heir in her barren womb. She’s got to be feeling the pressure. And poor Lord Buckingham. We all knew what was coming, but I wanted him to stick around a bit longer so he could be a thorn in the king’s side. Buckingham’s march to his death was very affecting. His face an... read more

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