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The Tudors Season 1 Episode Guide

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The Tudors Season 1 Episode Guide

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII (The Tudors – episode 1) – Photo: Jonathan Hession/Showtime
Season 1 Episode 1  – Original Air Date – 04/01/2007
 
 
King Henry VIII, the young and ambitious monarch of England, prepares for war with France but is dissuaded by the diplomatic manipulation of his powerful Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, who proposes that the King sponsor a "Treaty of Universal Peace." The harmony of the King's domestic affairs is threatened, however, when he discovers that Elizabeth Blount, the young and beautiful lady-in-waiting to his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, is pregnant with his child.

Directed By: Charles McDougall and Steve Shill
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Jonathan Rhys Meyers The Tudors Photo

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Queen Katherine and Sam Neill as Cardinal Wolsey (The Tudors – episode 2) – Photo: Jonathan Hession/Showtime

 

Season 1 Episode 2  – Original Air Date – 04/08/2007 
 
 
Allegiances shift at home and abroad. Despite extravagant claims of loyalty to France during the "Field of Cloth of Gold" ceremonies, Henry contemplates an alliance with Charles V, King of Spain, who was recently named Holy Roman Emperor. Because he is dependent on the support of the French cardinals, Wolsey's chance to become Pope is threatened. A gift of Machiavelli's The Prince makes Henry wonder if it is better for a king to be loved or feared. For now, he sets about achieving both. He executes the scheming Duke of Buckingham for treason and celebrates the birth — by Lady Elizabeth Blount — of a first healthy baby son, whom he names Henry Fitzroy.

Directed By: Charles McDougall
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 3  – Original Air Date – 04/15/2007
 
 
A new and important ally sweeps into Henry's court in the form of Charles V, the most powerful man in Europe and nephew to Henry's wife, Katherine of Aragon. To protect the very significant alliance he hopes will aid in his bid for an English role in European affairs, the King is careful not to reveal to Charles the growing distance between himself and the Queen. However, affairs of the heart are more likely to unsettle Henry's resolve as he comes face-to-face for the first time with the beautiful Anne Boleyn. Unbeknownst to the King, he is being seduced by forces more calculating than any young woman.

Directed By: Steve Shill
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 4  – Original Air Date – 04/22/2007
 
 
While Henry is named "Defender of the Faith" by a Pope grateful for his spiritual and political loyalty, fidelity is scarce in Henry's court. His sister, Princess Margaret, marries the decrepit King of Portugal, only to murder him soon after and returns to the lustful arms of Charles Brandon. The Duke of Norfolk and Sir Thomas Boleyn continue to conspire against Cardinal Wolsey. And the King grows ever more enamored of Anne Boleyn. His increasing disinterest in his Queen, and the realization that he still hasn't produced a legitimate heir to the Tudor dynasty, conjure an urgent desire for radical action.

Directed By: Steve Shill
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 5  – Original Air Date – 04/29/2007
 
 
Henry is a king of passion and perseverance. Efforts at alliances — both personal and political — face setbacks, but the King remains undeterred. When his ally, Emperor Charles V, releases Francis I, their mutual enemy, from prison, he is stunned — but resolves to redirect his European ambitions. And when Anne Boleyn is insulted by his offer to make her his sole and unique mistress, it merely redoubles his passion and resolve to one day marry her. However, his separation from the most powerful political figure in Europe may prove easier to affect than an annulment from his wife.

Directed By: Brian Kirk
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 6  – Original Air Date – 05/06/2007
 

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Personal and political allegiances continue to change in Henry's court. The King grows ever more confident in his role as monarch and more enamored of the young Anne Boleyn. Despite Cardinal Wolsey's influence and efforts — and much to the frustration of the King — the Catholic Church seems unable to make progress in Henry's petition for a divorce. This adds to the growing discomfort of the increasingly vulnerable Wolsey.

Directed By: Brian Kirk
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 7 – Original Air Date – 05/13/2007
 
 
Dark days for Tudor England. The mysterious sweating sickness, almost always fatal to those who catch it, runs rampant. A food shortage adds to the suffering. Henry's natural optimism and energy take a beating as the King's confidence gives way to doubt and delusions. But after darkness comes light. The plague begins to disappear and the King receives news that his mistress, Anne Boleyn, has miraculously survived. Even better, an envoy of Pope Clement is on his way to England to finally convene a court which will decide on Henry's request for a divorce.

Directed By: Alison MacLean
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 8 – Original Air Date – 05/20/2007
 
 
Pope Clement's special envoy arrives in London to oversee the court deciding upon the legitimacy of Henry's marriage to Katherine of Aragon. The findings of this trial will have far-reaching consequences: the future of the King's amorous relationship with Anne Boleyn, Cardinal Wolsey's career and influence, and England's relationship with Rome all hang in the balance.

Directed By: Alison MacLean
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 9 – Original Air Date – 06/03/2007
 
 
Cardinal Wolsey's fall is quick and pitiless. Stripped of office and authority, he is banished from the court and sent far from his much-beloved King. His unlikely successor is Sir Thomas More, a man unlike the overbearing Wolsey in every way but one — his loyalty to Henry.

Directed By: Ciarán Donnelly
Written By: Michael Hirst

 
Season 1 Episode 10 – Original Air Date – 06/10/2007
 
 
Cardinal Wolsey is down but not yet out. Although exiled, he tries to gather last-minute support from his old enemy, Queen Katherine. She hesitantly agrees to his plan, as she finds herself in a situation similar to that of the fallen Cardinal. But their plot is intercepted by the King's new advisors and Wolsey must pay the ultimate price.

Directed By: Ciarán Donnelly
Written By: Michael Hirst

 

 

 

 

 

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