If you’ve been around, or go look around, my blog you will notice I am HUGE historical fiction fan (nerd). Books, movies, TV, I love them all. One of my favorite periods in history is that of the Tudor Court. Most people know about King Henry VII of England. He is most famous for going through SIX wives and forever changing the Christian church. If you’re interested in this time period I highly recommend Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction books about the Tudor court. I have them all and they’re all fantastic. Anyways, after watching Versailles and Reign I wanted to find another historical fiction/drama on Netflix and I found The Tudors.
The show begins early in King Henry’s reign. He is married to Katherine of Aragon and together they have one living child, a daughter named Mary. Their lack of sons is putting a lot of strain on the young king. His wife was first married to Henry’s older brother, Arthur, but shortly after the marriage Arthur died. Katherine claimed the two had never consummated the marriage so therefore she could marry Henry. As time passes and all of Henry’s sons die he begins to believe that God is punishing him for marrying his brother’s wife. During this time he meets the beautiful Anne Boleyn. He begins to believe that things would be better and he could have sons if he was married to Anne. This leads him to seek a divorce from his wife through the Catholic church that will eventually split the church as everyone knows it and make history.
I’m unsure what I think about The Tudors so far. As far as being historically accurate, I think this show does a great job. The costumes, the settings, the music and everything else make you really feel like it’s an accurate representation of the English court. With that being said, it’s a little too accurate. It’s honestly boring. I hate when shows focus too much on drama (side eye at you, Reign) but a little bit is entertaining and this show just doesn’t have much. I really struggled to get through season one but I believe that season two may pick up some. I mean, the cast is gorgeous and seems very talented but I just felt like too much emphasis was placed on the boring politics and not the more interesting love stories. Of course, that is just my opinion.
So, do I recommend The Tudors? Well, yes and no. If you’re interested in this time period and don’t mind a slower paced series then I think you would enjoy this show. If you want just pure drama that claims to be historical, I recommend Reign. If you want a good mix of historical accuracy and drama, I recommend Versailles. There is four seasons of The Tudors and all of them are on Netflix so I will be reviewing those as I get through them. Let me know if you’ve seen the show and what you think! Thank you for reading and have a great day!