Fiction can be more society shaping than fact, particularly where historical figures are involved. Ask anyone on the street their impression of Henry VIII, and most impressions will come not from historical documentation but popular fictionalized representations of a larger than life tyrant. Perhaps the most accessible contributor to Henry’s maligned reputation comes from The... Continue Reading →
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I thought about writing up something along these lines, but it looks as if I do not have to! Hope you have all enjoyed Tudor Week!
In this fast-paced world of action-driven films, it’s truly marvelous to come across a character piece. Like a fine piece of art, the first episode of Wolf Hall paints us an impression of Thomas Cromwell, an enigmatic man who plays his cards very close to his chest – when he is not entertaining Cardinal Wolsey... Continue Reading →
One of the reasons I enjoy history so much is that it presents me with the whole image at once. Instead of being caught up in a single event, just as the people who lived through such times, I can see how all the threads connect, the aftermath of decisions made in those times, the... Continue Reading →
Each time I return to this film, I realize how exquisite it is. How beautifully written … and why not? It is adapted from an award-winning play! How beautifully costumed … how beautifully cast … and I think it, more than any other film about the period, captures the cast of characters with sincere honesty... Continue Reading →
With Wolf Hall premiering on Wednesday, I decided to flood this blog with Tudor-related posts for the next few days. You can either participate, read along, or ignore it. Whatever you choose, I’ll try to keep things interesting. The Other Boleyn Girl is revisionist history at its finest, a story that slanders Anne Boleyn in... Continue Reading →
Every time I re-watch The Tudors, various thoughts swirl around in my head: how much I hate Henry VIII, how much compassion I have for his wives, and my anguish over how the Reformation was “enforced” in England. People talk about it as if it was a great moment in history. Protestants especially think it... Continue Reading →
Today is the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution. It seems a worthy sort of anniversary… it’s cold and dreary and raining (which happens to be my favorite kind of weather… but then I’m weird). But my mind is indeed drawn to that impetuous, ambitious woman who made an indisputable impact on history. For the most... Continue Reading →