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READ NO FURTHER!
With most of the original cast no longer with us
(thanks a lot, Henry),
there are sure to be many new faces and surprises
in store for Season 3 of The Tudors.
Come here to learn the newest information
available, or add any juicy new info you may know!
| Official promo - "on the set"|
| Quick Facts at a Glance:|
| Production Listed as: Production Completed|
| Production location: Ireland|
| Casting calls out for: Casting Calls Completed|
| Showtime Release Date: April 5, 2009 USA, October 1, 2009 Canada|
| New Characters: Lady Ursula Misseldon, Sir Francis Bryan, Prince Edward Tudor, Robert Aske, Anne of Cleves, Cardinal von Waldberg, Lord Darcy, Cardinal Reginald Pole, Katherine Howard, Sir John Hutton|
| New Actors: Annabelle Wallis, Joss Stone, Alan Van Sprang, Max Von Sydow, Charlotte Salt, Gerard McSorley, Colm Wilkinson, Mark Hildreth, Tamzin Merchant, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Claire MacCauley, Kevin Doyle, David Wilmot|
| Returning Characters: King Henry VIII, Charles Brandon, Thomas Cromwell, Jane Seymour, Hans Holbein, Catherine Brandon, Jane Boleyn, Princess Mary, Pope Paul III, Princess Elizabeth, Ambassador Chapuys, Edward Seymour|
| PRODUCTION NOTES: |
THE TUDORS returns for Season 3 on SHOWTIME April 5, 2009 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). THE TUDORS covers a short but turbulent period in the life of Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), the most notorious sovereign England has ever had.
As we start the third season, Henry is 27 years into his reign. He is at the height of his political power, but he’s beset by difficulties – both personal and professional. On the political front, the ever-vulnerable Tudor Dynasty comes under threat from within. In the north of England, a make-shift army of ‘Pilgrims of Grace’ rise in revolt at the severity of the Reformation. In suppressing the revolution, Henry displays all his complexity as a ruler -- willing to listen but fearless to ruthlessly extinguish dissent. This period also sees the rise and dramatic fall of Sir Thomas Cromwell (James Frain), Architect of the Reformation.
As if such preoccupations weren’t enough, he has grown increasingly weary of his tumultuous personal life, but finds some solace and newfound happiness with third wife Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis). A woman with inner beauty and noble character whom he clearly loves and who has a moderating effect on his excesses; she clearly changes him for the better. But, while her influence is welcomed by her new husband, her Catholic background causes disquiet and discomfort to Cromwell. Cromwell is Henry’s most senior courtier and the ruthless driving force behind the English Reformation that aims to confiscate the moral authority and worldly goods of the Catholic Church.
The pitiless destruction of the monasteries and confiscation of their assets stirs the indignation of the English peasants, among them Robert Aske (Gerard McSorley), an attorney from the city of York in the northern part of the country.
Henry’s new wife intercedes on behalf of her step-daughter, Mary (Sarah Bolger), asking Henry to recognize his first daughter and revoke her illegitimacy. Jane’s supplication is not merely a sign of kindness -- as the late Katherine of Aragon’s daughter, Mary is a potential future Catholic monarch. Henry reluctantly agrees if Mary signs an Oath of Allegiance, recognizing him as the one and only head of the Church. Once she does (with reluctance), his former hostility melts and he is joyfully reunited with his first-born -- something he does not yet extend to his younger daughter, Elizabeth.
As reward for his strenuous and conscientious efforts in abolishing the monasteries, Thomas Cromwell is rewarded with a Knighthood, a Barony and made Lord Privy Seal. His power is now second only to the King's -- an extraordinary achievement for a man born to a low social station.
But he does not enjoy his promotion for long -- the rebels, who now describe themselves as ‘Pilgrims of Grace,’ have marched from the city of Lincoln to York where they are holding 300 of the King’s soldiers hostage, as well as local aristocracy and clergy. Robert Aske and the rebels clarify that their uprising is against Cromwell and his methods, not the King, an explanation which inspires the defection of Lord Darcy (Colm Wilkinson). The army of Pilgrims surges to 30,000 with more signing up all the time.
Henry is under physical and political strain. An old leg wound causes him great pain and confines him to bed. However, he is fortunate to receive the tender attentions of Lady Ursula Misseldon (Charlotte Salt) – one of his wife’s ladies in waiting – of which he takes full advantage. Her beauty inspires the King to commission Hans Holbein (Peter Gaynor) to paint Lady Misseldon’s portrait to the surprise and consternation of her fiancé, who disturbs the sitting.
The King’s oldest friend and contemporary Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk (Henry Cavill), is dispatched north to meet the rebels. As a long-time enemy to the upstart commoner Cromwell, Brandon is inclined to be more sympathetic to the point of view of the rebels than might be expected. His willing ear inspires their confidence and when he promises that the King will travel north to take part in a parliament at York in order to hear their grievances, they willingly accept his word and lay down their arms.
The truth is less benign. Following an audience with Robert Aske at court, Henry orders Brandon to return north and secure confession of treason from the rebel leaders and an oath of allegiance to the crown and Cromwell’s Church commissioners. Failure to obey is to be punished by death. Brandon’s misgivings are undermined by news of a new breakaway rebellion. He is instructed to ruthlessly suppress any and all suspected rebels. Cromwell is vindicated -- the rebels are guilty of treason.
In the Tudor tradition, heads roll. Lord Darcy is executed, as is John Constable
( Kevin Doyle ), one of the Pilgrim leaders. Robert Aske also meets his end.
News of the uprising reaches Rome and her allies where enemies of Henry become giddy at the prospect of returning a Catholic to power. Reginald Pole (Mark Hildreth) is an English cleric and former beneficiary of Henry who has fled to the sanctuary of Rome from where he wrote pamphlets critical of the English King. Two of Henry’s senior courtiers - Sir Francis Bryan (Alan Van Sprang) and Thomas Seymour - are charged with capturing the treasonous Pole -- a task that turns out to be more difficult than it at first appeared.
Amidst these dark threats comes a bright promise. Jane Seymour, who after some months of nervous waiting, is expecting a child. Henry is convinced it will be his long-awaited male heir. When he is proven right, the country goes into a convulsion of celebration. At last a Tudor prince named Edward. But the gaiety is short-lived. Soon after delivering the child, Jane falls into a fever and dies. Henry is heartbroken.
Following the death of his beloved Jane, Henry becomes a recluse. While he plans an extravagant and unprecedented palace he names ‘Nonsuch,’ there are signs that law and order are beginning to break down around the court. Realizing that a King’s power is highly dependent on his visibility, Cromwell encourages Henry back into public view and hopes to have him remarry as soon as possible. Seeing a possibility to correct the Catholic influences of Jane and increase his own powerbase, Cromwell pursues one candidate in particular -- the dowdy sister of the Duke of Cleves, Anne (Joss Stone), who has the defining virtue of coming from the heartland of the Protestant League.
But Cromwell won’t have it all his own way. Henry pursues the possibility of potential wives from France and Milan – Catholic nations - but all are either promised or decline. He also moderates the doctrinal severity of Cromwell’s reforms by requesting that the Bishops draw up ‘six articles of faith,’ to which everyone can agree.
The failure to find Cardinal Pole rebounds badly on his family; his brothers and elderly mother, Lady Salisbury, are arrested and executed. In response, the Pope excommunicates Henry and his enemies seem on the point of invasion.
The threat passes, however, and Brandon is sent to escort Anne of Cleves to England – her marriage to Henry having been hastily agreed. When the monarch meets his young bride-to-be, he realizes he has made a mistake, but it is too late to withdraw. They marry in underwhelming circumstances and the marriage remains unconsummated, despite Henry’s best efforts.
The failure of the marriage reflects badly on Cromwell and his enemies – among them Brandon – sense an unprecedented moment of weakness. On a clever technicality, they proceed to have him arrested on grounds of treason and he is sent to the Tower – where he has sent so many before him. Henry keeps him alive in order to sign an annulment of his marriage to Anne who wisely agrees to go quietly and is rewarded with an income and a fine house in the country. Cromwell is less fortunate and meets his death, pledging his allegiance to his King to the very end.
But Henry, the great adapter, has already moved on. His masculinity has been rejuvenated by a new lover -- Katherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant) – a very young and beautiful woman introduced to court by Brandon and Bryan. As the season ends, he surveys his new palace and dreams of even greater heights of power…
Where we last saw him/her
King Henry VIII...............
........Jonathan Rhys Meyers
| Smitten with his new love, Jane Seymour, Henry has betrothed himself to her now that he is free to marry again after the deaths of Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.|
| Witnessed the execution of Anne Boleyn, Charles remains as loyal a friend to the king as ever.|
| Preparing to assume her place as queen consort, she mentioned to Henry her hope to restore Princess Mary to the succession. |
Anita Briem is not returning for season 3, so Annabelle Wallis will be taking over as Jane.
Sir Francis Bryan.......
......Alan Van Sprang
| Sir Francis Bryan is a new character. He is infamously known in history as the "Vicar of Hell."|
| After falling out of favor with Anne Boleyn, Cromwell helped the King get rid of her by collecting false testimony which ultimately led to her execution and of four other men. Cromwell has also been busy with the Dissolution of the Monasteries and transferring the wealth of the church to King Henry and his favorites.|
| Already an established courtier, Edward rises to even more power and influence when his sister Jane Seymour becomes wife of the King. Edward and his father were busy plotting the demise of the rival Boleyn faction during Season 2.|
| Thomas Seymour ........ |
| Edward & Jane Seymour's notorious brother.|
| Earning commission by painting members of King Henry's court, including Thomas More and his family.|
Lady Ursula Misseldon.........
| Lady Ursula is a new character. She is a new "love interest" and will serve for five episodes as the muse of Hans Holbein and mistress to both King Henry VIII & Sir Francis Bryan.|
| Catherine Brandon......... |
| The young duchess of Suffolk has discovered her husband has returned to his philandering ways.|
| Jane helped Cromwell implicate her husband and her sister-in-law Anne Boleyn by providing an accusation of incest. She's now a widow but still bears the title "Lady Rochford."|
Anne of Cleves..............
| New character and fourth wife of Henry VIII after Jane dies. Hans Holbein will be sent to the court of Cleves to capture her likeness. She will appear in 3 episodes. devised her marriage in hopes of a great Lutheran alliance with England, |
Cardinal Von Waldberg
.............Max Von Sydow
| New character based on the historical figure, Cardinal-Bishop Otto Truchess von Waldberg, the Cardinal in the series is an adversary of Henry VIII and his Reformation, he will appear in 4 episodes. |
| New character remembered in history as being the leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace (called "Pilgrims Uprising" in the series), a revolt in Northern England against Henry VIII's closure of the monasteries.|
| New Character plays a part in the Catholic plot to unseat the King, a struggle which is a major plot theme in the 3rd season.|
| In Season 2, Mary lost her title of Princess of Wales, her mother, and her father's affection. Now Mary is hopeful her fortunes will improve under the new Queen Consort, Jane Seymour.|
| New character for Season 3, Reginald Pole is descendant of the Plantagenets and the son of Lady Salisbury. Pole is a supporter of the Pope and lived in exile during the Henrician Reformation. In The Tudors, Pole will conspire with the Pope to usurp Henry and Henry will send assassins to murder Pole.|
| Princess Elizabeth.......... |
| Last time we saw Elizabeth she was just told she was not a Princess but a Lady she had a little tantrum. Now Elizabeth will have to cope without her father because of her mother and mother's downfall and execution.|
| New character for Season 3, Katherine was a poor relation of the Howard family that comes to court to serve Anne of Cleves. Henry falls madly in love with her and becomes wife #5 by the end of the season. She will appear in episode eight.|
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