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The Tudors - Season 2

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Rise and fall of the Lutheran Heretic

    Season 2 continues the saga of Henry VIII from Katherine of Aragon, through Anne and the Boleyn family to Jane and the Seymours in 10 episodes. Henry (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is convincingly debauched and autocratic. Feisty, demanding, intelligent and beautiful Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) ia not his usual courtier. To marry her, he breaks with the Pope, starts the English Reformation and sets up the Church of England. Then he becomes captivated by Jane Seymour - sweet, demure and pliant in sharp contrast to Anne.

    Behind the scenes, the Boleyn (Lutheran) and Seymour (Catholic) families connive for power and the king's favor. Lord Privy Seal Thomas Cromwell (secret Lutheran with plebian origins) smarms his way through it all, first supporting Anne, then turning against her.

    A few of the wonderful supporting characters - Katherine of Aragon (aristocrat par excellence as played by Maria Doyle Kennedy), her daughter Princess Mary (who later become the Catholic Queen Mary and seeeks to undo the Reformation), and Anne's young daughter, Princess Elizabeth who becomes Queen Elizabeth I, Holbein the artist, and Thomas Wyatt, the poet.

    Henry has his marriage annulled by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Anne becomes the queen. She is not popular with the people. They look on Katherine as the rightful Queen. Rumors spread that Anne is a sorceress who has bewitched the king. Her downfall comes when she gives birth to a premature, deformed still-born son. She is swiftly sent to the Tower, and Jane takes her place. In the last episode,there are several gruesome axe beheadings. Anne has an easier death because she is decapitated quickly by an expert French swordsman specially summoned from Calais.

    The storyline adheres more or less to history. Overall, it is quite enjoyable if somewhat lengthy and repetitive at times. Natalie Dormer's Anne Boleyn is much more developed and believable than Natalie Portman's Anne Boleyn in the recent movie 'The Other Boleyn Girl'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful Performances

    Great fun, visually perfect. The performances are wonderful, the continuing saga is brought for for the second year. I hold out great expectations for season three.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bodice ripping in the court of Henry

    Very good, historically accurate, well delivered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Tudors - Part 2

    This DVD set gives an updated visual of the tudors' reign in England. You will enjoy.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Tudors

    I enjoy this series even though it leaves much not covered especially with the trial of Anne Boelyn. The actor who plans Henry VIII at this point in the story is too young and the actress who plays Jane Seymour is far too pretty to be compared with the real images of the woman. The series is visually stunning though especially in the beautiful costumes. The emotions reveal the true wicked nature of the people from so long ago

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Entertaining!

    This series (including Season 1) has brought history to life. I am willing to forgive any literary license taken with the characters for the sheer enjoyment of the story. I've always enjoyed history, but have found most texts and movies to be dull. This series is captivating and I can't wait for Season 3 of the Tudors to become available on DVD

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Know the History, But I Still Thinks It's Fun

    I watch this with someone who has an advanced degree in history and who is especially interested in the Tudor period, but we still find it a lot of fun. I thought this season started out a little slow, but it was engrossing after the first few episodes. Everybody sees this fascinating period differently, so why not enjoy? Isn't it amazing how none of the courtiers ever grow older, and they are all handsome?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Johnny Rhys Meyers couldn't be any sexier!

    Haven't viewed season 2 yet, but I loved Season 1. Can't wait for the release of season 2.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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