THE TUDORS SEASON 4, EPISODE 9
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| Tudors episode: 4.9 || First aired: June 13, 2010|
| Tudors season: 4 || Prod. code:|
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Secrets of the Heart
| Director(s): Ciarán Donnelly|
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| Mini-synopsis: --Henry VIII’s health is on the slide: the recent siege of Boulogne has taken its toll on his aging body and his ulcerous leg is constantly in pain. Bishop Gardiner and the Catholic Church are once again in the ascendant at court but, tired of conflict, Henry demonstrates little enthusiasm for the ambitious Bishop’s accusation that Catherine Parr is a heretic. |
King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is aging rapidly: the recent siege of Boulogne has taken its toll, his ulcerous leg is constantly in pain and he now requires glasses to read.
Political events continue to be tumultuous and exhausting. The profligate Earl of Surrey (David O’Hara), a noble not known for his sense of judgment, loses 600 men in an unprovoked battle in France, endangering Henry’s recent success in Boulogne. News arrives that the King of France is preparing for war and worse, the Emperor Charles – England’s recent ally - has seized English ships and properties.
The rising influence of Bishop Gardiner (Simon Ward) is signaled by the appointment of a Catholic, Risley (Frank McCusker), to the important position of Lord Chancellor. Nonetheless the Lutherans continue with their radical reforms; the latest of which is women preachers. One such preacher, Anne Askew is imprisoned and tortured by Risley and then burnt at the stake for her perceived heresies. Sensing their rise in authority, Gardiner and his allies are determined to trap Queen Catherine. Brazenly, the Bishop suggests to the King that he has proof of her heresy. Henry confuses the Bishop with the reply that even if this were true – and he likely knows it is - he would spare her life.
The Earl of Surrey is not so fortunate. Defiant on his return to court, Henry’s Privy Council is unconvinced by his explanations about how so many men were lost under his command in France. His rank is withdrawn and the King refuses to see him. Surrey’s wild antics and attitude have won him no friends among Henry’s closest advisors and he is arrested on charges of treason. After a quick and one-sided trial he is sentenced to death.
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- The Constable of the Tower,Sir Anthony Kingston,did refuse to carry on torturing Anne Askew so Wriothelsey and Rich carried on without him.
- The poem we hear as Surrey is led out of the court room is from his poem 'The Means to Attain a Happy Life'.
- Spectacles and spectacle cases were listed in the inventory taken on the King's possessions after his death in January 1547.
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- Surrey was replaced in his post of Commander of the garrison Boulogne in 1546 by Hertford after the defeat at St Etienne.
- Someone did pay the executioner to put gunpowder around Anne Askew's neck,although it is not known who did this.
- Lady Hertford was a contact of Anne Askew's and was one of Catherine Parr's inner circle who were suspected of heresy.
- The terms of the Treaty of Ardres or Treaty of Camp signed between France and England on the 7th June 1546 stated Henry VIII would retain ownership of Boulogne until 1554,when he would return it to France in exchange for two million ecus.
- Eustace Chapuys did not die until 1556.
- The Constable of the Tower of London in 1546 was Sir Anthony Kingston,not a Sir Edmund Knyvet.
- Suffolk's mistress,Brigitte Rousselot, is a fictional character.
- There is no evidence that Surrey actually plotted to kidnap Prince Edward,although he foolishly declared that his father,the Duke of Norfolk,should become Lord Protector in the future.
- Henry VIII's appearance-Although Henry is definitely looking older in this episode,by the end if his reign he was obese,having a waist measurement of 52 inches and had been suffering from hair loss for some time.
- Thomas Wriothelsey actually became Lord Chancellor in 1544.
- Charles Brandon's wife is missing from court,yet she was one of Catherine Parr's ladies and was one of the ladies suspected of heresy.
- Anne Parr was not arrested.Arrest warrants for Anne,two more of Catherine Parr's ladies and the Queen herself were made but the Queen managed to talk the King around and they were not arrested.
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