THE TUDORS SEASON 4, EPISODE 1
| ■ FUNDAMENTALS|
| Tudors episode: 4.1 || First aired: April 11, 2010|
| Tudors season: 4 || Prod. code:|
| Writer(s): |
| Name of Episode:|
Moment of Nostalgia
| Director(s): Dearbhla Walsh|
Assistant Directors Raymond Kirk and Nessa Linnane
| Guest star(s): Anthony Brophy, Simon Ward, Emma Hamilton, Frank McCusker, Andrew McNair|
| Mini-synopsis: A long hot summer, thirty years into the reign of King Henry VIII, and well into middle age, Henry takes his fifth wife, Katherine Howard. The Queen's "low background" combined with her youth and beauty, arouses a lusty familiarity in certain members of King Henry's court most notably his handsome young servant Thomas Culpepper.|
Whitehall Palace, London 1540. Thirty years into the reign of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and it’s been a long, hot, summer: London is experiencing intense heat and there has been no rain for two months. But while his subjects wilt, the King’s vigor remains undiminished. The Reformation goes on and Henry has just married the beautiful Katherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant), his fifth Queen, who is a mere seventeen years old. Katherine is different from earlier wives in more ways than age: far from being nobility she was ‘discovered’ by some of the King’s friends in a boarding house for wayward young ladies. Joan Bulmer (Catherine Steadman), the new Queen’s best friend from her youth, is hired as a lady in waiting; aside from her friendship she knows too much scandalous detail about Katherine’s sexual past to be outside the court.
The Queen’s ‘low’ background combined with her youth and beauty, arouses a lusty familiarity in certain members of Henry’s court. Most notably the King’s handsome and ambitious new groom Thomas Culpepper (Torrance Coombs), who makes no secret of his desire for the new Queen during an extended hunting trip visit by the royal entourage. Culpepper unleashes his sexual frustrations on an unfortunate local peasant woman whom he rapes and then murders her aggrieved husband. When the local Sheriff confronts Henry with these charges the King sides with his young courtier; protection he may come to regret.
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| ■ BEST QUOTES |
| || Katherine Howard - 'Lady Mary ' |
Princess Mary Tudor- 'Madam'
Katherine Howard -'It gives me such pleasure to meet you. The king talks about you often, no, all the time.With such affection. It is my dearest wish that you and I may be kind, and loving and warm to each other. After all,Lady Mary, you are now my stepdaughter. '
Princess Mary Tudor -'I shall attend upon your majesty whenever your majesty chooses to invite me .'
Katherine Howard -' Thank you. Will you stay a while, my maids have made some cakes.'
Princess Mary Tudor -' No, thank you. I bid you a good day. Madam.'
| || Joan Bulmer -'We used to be so close, didn't we? You know the unfaned love my heart has always bore |
towards you? You are going to give me a position, I presume?'
Katherine Howard -'I may but you must to understand...'
Joan Bulmer -'Oh no worries, I must presist in my retchedness, in my misery, say you won't turn me away. DO you remember when you know who used to come in, late at night and slip into bed?'
Katherine Howard -'For God's sake, be careful what you say.'
Joan Bulmer -'But you will make me one of your ladies, won't you, Sir Katherine?'
- Charles Brandon -'I understand that Thomas Boleyn died recently.'
- Henry VIII -'Yes,and the only mourners at his funeral were the ghosts of his children.'
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| ■ THE TUDORS EPISODE TRIVIA |
- There was indeed a very hot summer and drought in 1540.
- Joan's words to Katherine about 'puffing and blowing' and 'hanging like sparrows' were actually words spoken by Katherine Howard when she confessed to her former relationship with Sir Francis Dereham.
- A man named Thomas Culpepper did rape a woman and did kill a man who tried to bring him to justice.He escaped punishment when the King pardoned him.Although THE Thomas Culpepper's brother was also named Thomas,it is thought that Katherine Howard's Culpepper was the one who committed crimes and pardoned because of the fact that he was one of the King's favourites.
- Lord Leonard Grey,Lord Deputy of Ireland,was in fact executed for treason on the 28th July 1541 for allegedy allowing the Earl of Kildare to escape to France.
- Elizabeth's age-In 1540 she would be 7 not the 12/13 year old girl brought in to meet Katherine.
- Irish accent-When Henry VIII says 'I'd hoped the French might oblige me this time',the Irish accent of Johnatan Rhys Meyers shows through.
- Joan's hair-Joan Bulmer has a modern bob hairstyle,whereas women in Tudor time would have had long hair.
- Joan's stroking of Katherine's shoulder suggests some kind of sexual relationship or experimentation between them.There is no evidence of this.
- In 1540,Henry VIII was aged 49 and in his late 40s had a waist measurement of 48 inches,which increased to 52 inches in his final years.He was a far cry from how he is portrayed in Season 4.
- There is no evidence that Catherine Brandon fell out of love with Charles Brandon.
- Henry VIII speaks of the death of the Dauphin,yet he died in 1536,not in 1540.
- Arthur Plantagenet,1st Viscount Lisle, was arrested in May 1540 on suspicion of treason but he was not executed and died in 1542 after being given news of his release.
- John Neville,3rd Baron Latymer,was the second husband of Catherine Parr,and although he was somewhat involved in the Pilgrimage of Grace,he was not imprisoned by the King or executed.In fact,we see him die naturally later in the series.
- There is no evidence that Anne Stanhope cheated on her husband,although it was rumoured that his first wife,Catherine Filliol slept with his father.
- A match between Princess Mary and the Duke of Orleans,Francis I's second son,was proposed in the 1520s,when Wolsey was alive,the Duke was married in 1540.
- Earl of Surrey was only 23 years of age in 1540,not in his 40s,and he was not Katherine Howard's uncle,he was her cousin.