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The Tudors Episode: "The Act of Treason"

Season 2, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The fortunes of Anne and her family plummet at court and with the King when she loses a son; Henry's affections seem to have switched to Jane Seymour, as he awards her family a place at court; palace intrigue intensifies as members of court make a move against Anne, who is accused of adultery.
Original Air Date: May 25, 2008

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These bloody days have broken my heart.My lust, my youth did them depart,And blind desire of estate.Who hastes to climb seeks to revert.Of truth, circa Regna tonat.-Sir Thomas Wyatt At least out of the carnage came the beautiful poem V. Innocentia Veritas Viat Fides Circumdederunt me inimici mei, the full text of which can be found here. Unfortunately, to get it, we had to say goodbye to Messrs. Smeaton, Boleyn, Norris and Brereton, while Thomas ("I'm the only who's guilty!) Wyatt, and Thomas Boleyn have to live with the knowledge that most of their allies are dead due to false accusations of treason. Well, Wyatt is in a peculiar position because we never really got a true sense of whose side he was on, or if he was even on any side. He simply loved Anne and now knows that she's going to be killed. I believe in reality he wrote the poem after her death, and not before, but it was a beautiful contrast to the gruesome imagery of beheadings and blood spurting. This outcome was inevitable after Anne's second miscarriage last week. Had she not lashed out at Henry, accusing him of causing it by "wenching" with Jane Seymour, maybe she would have lasted a bit longer than she did. But it seems that Henry considers himself above reproach in all facets of life; his inability to have a son with his first wife didn't cause him to run to Anne - it was witchcraft! And now that Anne also can't give him a (living) son, she must be poison personified. It's incredible to watch someone with such ego refuse to take any responsibility. However, if he truly does believe that God has chosen him, how can he be fallible? Taking that thought to its logical conclusion gives him the assumption that a deformed fetus couldn't possibly be his, and so those long-standing rumors of infidelity were finally investigated. In the context of this show, however, we can't discount Anne's blaming him as a real catalyst, if he truly believes he is beyond reproach. But back to this week, and the four poor souls who were beheaded. I must admit that at first I was confused by Brereton. I thought he'd loudly, and rapidly protest the idea that he'd have slept with Anne, and that he'd call in Chapuys as a character witness ("No, really! We were plotting to kill her! I swear!"). And then, with a great thud, I realized he'd decided to go out a martyr to his cause by utterly destroying the King's faith in Anne. It wasn't shocking that George's wife turned on him, though I was surprised that no one brought up his relationship with Smeaton as further proof of his allegedly deranged nature. Smeaton's torture was excruciating to watch (and that scream that came out of his mouth when he was on the rack - truly bloodcurdling), so death may have been a respite for him. On the other hand, I was unmoved to see Norris go, as we mostly just knew him as a guy who had his eye on Anne. He was an underdeveloped character and his death, while tragic for him, wasn't very resonant. Thomas Boleyn's true torture had to have been listening to Anne's reaction to George's death. His semi-stoic reaction was not so much honorable as disturbing. Here's someone who knows his whole family is basically slaughtered and all because of his own greed. It's hardly surprising, given his conduct over the last two seasons, but I suppose I thought we'd see one moment of sheer emotion. By contrast, Anne was all emotion, all the time. Her keening at her brother's death was so frustrating and despondent, it made me realize just how much I'm going to miss Natalie Dormer's wonderful portrayal next season. Alternately accepting and disbelieving, she knows she's getting the really, really raw end of the deal and should serve as a great warning to Jane Seymour, who's family seems to want to take the same path to power as the Boleyns did. See you all back here next week for the grand denouement. Will we see a compassionate side to Cromwell? Will Henry feel as bad about Anne as he did about Sir Thomas More? Will Jane's brother realize he's the spitting image of Anthony Andrews in Brideshead Revisited (seriously, Google it)? Only time will tell! show less
These bloody days have broken my heart.My lust, my youth did them depart,And blind desire of estate.Who hastes to climb seeks to revert.Of truth, circa Regna tonat.-Sir Thomas WyattAt least out of the carnage came the beautiful poem V. Innocentia Veritas Viat Fides Circumdederunt me inimici mei, the full text of which can be found here. Unfortunately, to get it, we had to say goodbye to Messrs. Smeaton, Boleyn, Norris and Brereton, while Thomas ("I'm the only who's guilty!) Wyatt, and Thomas Boleyn have to live with the knowledge that most of their allies are dead due to false accusations of treason. Well, Wyatt is in a peculiar position because we never really got a true sense of whose side he was on, or if he was even on any side. He simply loved Anne and now knows that she's going to be killed. I believe in reality he wrote the poem after her death, and not before, but it was a beautiful contrast to the gruesome imagery of beheadings and blood spurting.This outcome was inevitable... read more

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