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The Tudors Episode: "His Majesty, the King"

Season 1, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: As a reward for his denunciation of Martin Luther, the Pope christens Henry “Defender of the Faith,” but a brush with death causes the king to seek a solution to his lack of an heir. Princess Margaret reluctantly marries the decrepit King of Portugal, but the union is short-lived; Henry's “desire” for Anne Boleyn intensifies.
Original Air Date: Apr 23, 2007
Guest Cast Joe Van Moyland: Thomas Tallis Matt Ryan: Pace Matt Ryan: Pace Matt Ryan: Pace Sara James: Princess Marguerite
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April 22, 2007: Defender of the Faith Season 1, Episode 4

I'm going to try something a little different this week. Let me know what you think. Highlights: - The pope gives Henry a new title: Defender of the Faith. Martin Luther writes some unflattering things about the king. - Henry is desperate for Anne Boleyn. She wisely removes herself from court to up the ante, and when she returns Henry can't take his eyes off her. This doesn't go unnoticed by the queen. - Knivert and Compton are knighted. - The emperor captures King Francis on the battlefield, much to Henry's delight. Henry raises taxes so he can contribute to the war effort. - Wolsey appoints Mr. Cromwell as the king's new secretary. Cromwell is a follower of Martin Luther. - Margaret falls for Brandon, marries the king of Portugal, and then kills him. - Henry has a near-death experience that prompts him to ask Wolsey to end his marriage. There was a lot of bedroom action going on tonight. Some of it sexy, some of it not. Let's focus on the not sexy action of the king of Portugal first. I was under the impression that on the wedding night, the purpose of an audience was to make sure the deed was done and to make sure the bride was a virgin. I could be wrong; I hope you'll tell me if I am. Would the princess have been given some leeway because of her rank? I wonder about these things. Some of the sexy action hasn't quite made it to the bedroom yet. I think Anne is playing the king extremely well. It's so creepy and weird that it has become such a family affair, though. Her brother and father are giving her advice on how to play the king and what to write in her letters to him. Quite frankly, I'm not sure why Mary isn't helping. She's been in the king's bed, so I'm sure she's got some ideas on how to satisfy him. That being said, I'm kind of enjoying that Anne is being so smart about this. No, I'm not one of those women who thinks it's OK to toy with someone's emotions, but she's only got one shot at this. She's got to get him interested and get everything she can out of him while keeping him interested. Wow, that sounded jaded, didn't it? Even though I know what happens to her I kind of want her to work the system before she gets her comeuppance. She'd better be careful, though. Henry is a very jealous man. Outside of the bedroom there is much fun and rejoicing. Henry shows his prowess on the jousting field before getting knocked off his horse by Knivert. There was a moment I was concerned for him - I don't want his pretty face scarred. But Henry shakes it off nicely then manages to unset Knivert. It was a good sacrifice, though. It gets Knivert knighted. Compton sacrifices much less for the same - he makes the king laugh for his title. Too much fun leads to a very serious struggle for Henry. When he tries to vault over a ditch but almost ends up drowning in it he has a few dark days. Wolsey doesn't understand just how close the king was to death until Henry tells Wolsey his marriage is over. And that's not Wolsey's only problem: Sir Boleyn and Norfolk are still plotting against him. They know he's been stealing money from the king; they're just waiting for their moment to strike. And I can't wait, it's time for Wolsey to go down. Should it be Boleyn and Norfolk who take him down? Perhaps not. Their hands aren't clean, but I don't think anyone else can get it done. Long live the king. show less
I’m going to try something a little different this week. Let me know what you think.Highlights: — The pope gives Henry a new title: Defender of the Faith. Martin Luther writes some unflattering things about the king.— Henry is desperate for Anne Boleyn. She wisely removes herself from court to up the ante, and when she returns Henry can’t take his eyes off her. This doesn’t go unnoticed by the queen.— Knivert and Compton are knighted.— The emperor captures King Francis on the battlefield, much to Henry’s delight. Henry raises taxes so he can contribute to the war effort.— Wolsey appoints Mr. Cromwell as the king’s new secretary. Cromwell is a follower of Martin Luther.— Margaret falls for Brandon, marries the king of Portugal, and then kills him.— Henry has a near-death experience that prompts him to ask Wolsey to end his marriage.There was a lot of bedroom action going on tonight. Some of it sexy, some of it not. Le... read more

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