New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×06, “Master of Phantoms”

It’s now 1536. Anne Boleyn has lost the child she was carrying and her marriage to the king is falling apart. The members of the court see this, and it’s only a matter of time before, and it’s common knowledge that the king is very interested in Jane Seymour. Following Henry VIII’s instructions, Cromwell begins to plot Anne Boleyn’s downfall. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×06, “Master of Phantoms”

New Show Recap: Wolf Hall, Episode 1×05: “Crows”

It’s 1535. The Act of Supremacy has passed, and Henry VIII is now head of the Church. Chapuys, the Spanish ambassador, still refuses to recognize Anne Boleyn as Queen of England. Cromwell joins the royal progress at the Seymour home, Wolf Hall. Cromwell is keenly interested in Jane Seymour. During dinner, an exhausted Henry VIII falls asleep at the dinner table, and Jane Seymour takes it upon herself to wake him. Jane seems to have made an impression on Henry. Cromwell later sees Henry and Jane in the garden holding hands, and this causes him some concern. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall, Episode 1×05: “Crows”

New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×04, “The Devil’s Spit”

It’s currently September 1533, and Anne Boleyn returns to Whitehall not with the son and heir she promised Henry, but with a daughter. Henry is disappointed at this, and he requests that his daughter be named Elizabeth, most likely after his own mother, Elizabeth of York. He also orders that the joust planned in anticipation of the newborn prince be canceled. The Boleyns remark that Cromwell didn’t ask about the queen. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×04, “The Devil’s Spit”

New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×03, “Anna Regina”

In 1531, Henry is ready to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and asks parliament to declare him Supreme Head of the Church of England. There are many who are against the idea, including Thomas More, Henry VIII’s chancellor, who is a devout Catholic. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×03, “Anna Regina”

New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×02, “Entirely Beloved”

It is December 1529. Wolsey has lost power and has taken refuge at Esher. Cromwell is still in London, seeking to have Wolsey reinstated. He pays a visit to Henry, who refuses to talk about the cardinal. It looks like Henry is doing all he can to avoid making a final decision about Wolsey. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×02, “Entirely Beloved”

New Show Recap: Wolf Hall, Episode One, “Three Card Trick”

Happy almost weekend! I’ll be recapping the American broadcast of Wolf Hall on PBS’s Masterpiece over the next few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to it. For those of you who don’t know, the series is based on Hilary Mantel’s novel of the same name and tells the story of Henry VIII, his break with the Catholic Church, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. This series features an all-star cast and one of the best portrayals of Henry VIII that I have seen to date. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall, Episode One, “Three Card Trick”

Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: “Anne of the Thousand Days”

Last week’s movie pick featured a film about Elizabeth I, and this week’s follows up with a film about her mother, Anne Boleyn. “Anne of the Thousand Days,” released in 1969, stars Richard Burton as Henry VIII and Geneviève Bujold as Anne Boleyn and is based on the play by Maxwell Anderson. Read More Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: “Anne of the Thousand Days”

Badass Ladies of History: Catherine of Aragon

I have to admit that my decision to write about Catherine was inspired by the fact that I’m just getting around to watching The Tudors on Netflix and wanted to learn more about her. I should admit upfront that I am no historian; most of the information I got about her was collected on the internet, so if I offend any purists with my faulty folk wisdom, I apologize. Read More Badass Ladies of History: Catherine of Aragon