In the series finale, Henry defeats one final political foe but faces his mortality after the deaths of both his best friend Charles Brandon and King Francis of France, and the ghosts of his former queens appear for a final confrontation.
Powerful accusations of heresy are made against the queen but the ailing Henry has little interest. A chastened Lord Surrey faces the ultimate penalty for losing 600 men in an ill-advised action that nearly reignites war with France.
The war with France is nearly lost when one of Henry's officers cleverly engineers a sudden victory, but the triumphant king's health has been weakened by the costly adventure.
War looms with France as Henry marries Catherine Parr, who proves to be an able and respected queen and stepmother, finally giving England's king the stable, happy household he has long desired.
The newly single Henry surprises his countrymen by restoring his daughters to the royal succession, forging an unexpected political alliance, and manipulating events to marry an attractive, mature, and recent widow.
The king is devastated to learn of his beloved queen's ribald past and present affairs, and banishes her from court, even as the investigation rounds up and tortures suspects.
The king's warm welcome in the North reinvigorates him but his queen's past catches up to her when a former lover appears with threats of blackmail, and an anonymous letter exposes her infidelities to Henry.
A noticeably more benevolent and tolerant Henry VIII forgives the citizens of the North for their rebellion against him, but the youthful wife he dotes upon launches a passionate affair with Culpepper.
Henry's age catches up to him during Christmas celebrations, but his youthful and randy court continues the party without him. The arrogant Lord Surrey takes aim at the powerful Seymour clan.
In the season four premiere, King Henry VIII marries his fifth queen, a lusty teenager whose beauty and checkered past inflame the passions of a trusted courtier, Thomas Culpepper.
The Tudors presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year omnipotent reign (1509-1547) of England. In addition to his famous female consorts, a 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon and the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves into Henry's most notable political relationship and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England.
Henry moves swiftly to annul his loveless marriage to Anne of Cleves, and beds a new, teenage mistress. Cromwell's fall from favor is sudden and dramatic.
Henry agrees to a politically fortuitous marriage in order to avoid war with France and Spain.
Matchmaking begins in earnest as Cromwell schemes to secure the Reformation by marrying Henry to a Protestant wife--but the king's marital reputation precedes him.
Henry remains in seclusion while mourning. Cromwell is disturbed when Henry doesn't resist his new church's similarities to Catholicism.
The leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising are put to death, but Brandon is disturbed by the cruelty of the suppression. Henry celebrates the birth of a son but his joy is short-lived.
Hearing that Charles Brandon is very ill, the King summons his longest and most loyal ally to court. They reminisce about old days, and the King forbids Charles from dying. Don't miss 'The Tudors' on Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Queen Jane is in labor - and has been for an agonizingly long time. King Henry may be forced to choose between saving the life of his heir or his queen.
What counted as birth control in the Tudor age? Talk about Earls gone wild...
Suspense reaches new heights as Pope Clement's special envoy arrives in London to oversee the court deciding the legitimacy of the King's marriage. For Cardinal Wolsey, all is at stake...
Henry's sassy sister invites Charles for an innocent game of cards...and wine. Hmmm....
Poor Queen Katherine... her husband is angry with her for not yet being pregnant, and her lover is far away - in the arms of her lady-in-waiting!
King Henry throws a tantrum after being sorely disappointed by the looks of his future queen Anne of Cleves. He blames his advisors, especially Thomas Cromwell, the unlucky matchmaker.
A cook is blackmailed into poisoning a high-ranking bishop. (Sure hope his punishment doesn't fit the crime!) Meanwhile, Anne Boleyn insists Henry break all contacts with Katherine.
The King is determined to lead his armies into battle to recapture lands he once held, as well as a glimmer of his youth. Don't miss 'The Tudors' on Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Testosterone is seething, maidens are pleasing....King Henry 8 IS the man...
The Catholic alliance signals a weakening of the Reformation s influence in English politics. Realizing that the tide is turning, Bishop Stephen Gardiner goes on the hunt for suspected Calvinists. Don't miss 'The Tudors' on Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Oh no, she didn't just say that! Princess Mary better not disrespect the queen or she may find herself at the mercy of a teenager's whim.
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