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The Tudors Episode: "Wolsey, Wolsey, Wolsey!"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: When Charles V of Spain, the nephew of Queen Katherine of Aragon, visits, Henry tries to hide his lack of affection for his royal wife; Henry meets the beautiful Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) and becomes smitten with her.
Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2007

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April 15, 2007: The Spanish Are Coming Season 1, Episode 3

Machinations. An agenda, hidden or otherwise. Everyone in Henry's court wants something, and they're willing to do anything to get it. The people playing for the highest stakes right now are Norfolk and the newly knighted Sir Boleyn. They want Wolsey gone and are prepared to do anything to make it so. Right now Boleyn is making the biggest sacrifice by whoring his daughter Anne out to the king. How is he any better than Wolsey? Granted, Boleyn probably doesn't know the extent of Wolsey's treachery and deceit, but can he really sit in judgment on another man considering his own sins? I'm sure Norfolk is more than happy to pass judgment on someone he considers to be his inferior. Norfolk was born into privilege and wealth; I'm sure he doesn't like being threatened or told what to do by the likes of Wolsey. Anne is getting the short end of the stick here, although it looks like things at home aren't that much better. Anne's boyfriend is married and claims he's left his wife and will get a divorce. This exchange made me laugh; even in Henry's day, men were promising to divorce their wives for their girlfriends. Yeah, right. But more importantly, we discover that Anne likes a man who knows his way around the written word. That bit of information will come in handy for Henry. Princess Margaret is displeased at being betrothed to the decrepit king of Portugal. She doesn't hesitate to let her brother know of her displeasure, and he finally agrees that she may marry any man she chooses after her husband-to-be dies. Brandon doesn't want much except to bed any woman of his choosing. When Henry asks Brandon to escort his sister on her trip to Portugal he unwisely asks how the king knows her virtue will be safe. Henry reminds his friend who he's talking to. Henry also reminds him he's engaged. As a sort of thank-you (or bribe?), Henry bestows the title of duke of Suffolk on Brandon. Compton and Knivert are none too pleased. They are also good friends with the king - aren't they entitled to a title? Even Katherine wants something, but her intentions are pure. She is in love with her husband and she wants some loyalty from him. She sees the way Henry looks at other women and she's afraid her husband has tired of her. She sees an ally in her nephew King Charles and tells him of her suspicions and concerns. Before he leaves, Charles pledges his allegiance to Katherine. That will not bode well for Henry. But Henry and Charles are united in their dislike for the French. They sign a treaty, in which Princess Mary is promised to King Charles. I can appreciate the alliance and I know deals are often sealed this way, but Mary and Charles are related! It's gross. No wonder so many babies died... they probably had birth defects from all that inbreeding. Both Wolsey and More want to be Henry's most trusted advisor, which results in a power struggle. More is the one to meet the Spanish envoys upon their arrival, but it is Wolsey who does most of the talking when they arrive at the castle. Wolsey even tells More he isn't welcome at the discussion table. Is this the beginning of the end for these two men? Did they ever really get along? With the papacy out of reach, Wolsey now needs to make himself indispensable to the king. He sends the king's secretary to the Tower of London on charges of treason, although in reality Wolsey himself is guilty of that charge, or at least of corresponding with the French. Henry uses More to seek out Martin Luther's writings and have them burned. More, as a learned man, objects to this, but it's not as if he can say no to the king. And for his trouble he is knighted. I'm finding life in Henry's court less and less appealing. Sure, the clothes look great and if you are favored you can have a great life. But there's a good chance you'll cross the wrong person and be sent to the Tower of London for your troubles. And to be a woman at this time seems especially horrible. There are ways to get what you want if you're willing to do anything, but it's still ultimately the men who have the power. No, thanks. But I do wonder: What would you have done to get ahead in Henry's day? show less
Machinations. An agenda, hidden or otherwise. Everyone in Henry’s court wants something, and they’re willing to do anything to get it. The people playing for the highest stakes right now are Norfolk and the newly knighted Sir Boleyn. They want Wolsey gone and are prepared to do anything to make it so. Right now Boleyn is making the biggest sacrifice by whoring his daughter Anne out to the king. How is he any better than Wolsey? Granted, Boleyn probably doesn’t know the extent of Wolsey’s treachery and deceit, but can he really sit in judgment on another man considering his own sins? I’m sure Norfolk is more than happy to pass judgment on someone he considers to be his inferior. Norfolk was born into privilege and wealth; I’m sure he doesn’t like being threatened or told what to do by the likes of Wolsey.Anne is getting the short end of the stick here, although it looks like things at home aren’t that much better. Anne’s boyfriend is marri... read more

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