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Katherine of Aragon portrayal in the Tudors
October 20, 2016
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Anyone else find her character portrayal ( in this show) as annoying? i know they were trying to make her seem saintly and sympathetic, but to me she came off as pathetic and annoying. Her desperate clinging to Henry and professions of love were sad to watch after awhile. Hes treating her like crap, trying to find every reason to get rid of her, and she blames Wolsey and everyone else for putting ideas into his head, all the while insisting he truly loves her. It starts to border on delusional. I am in no way talking about the historical KoA btw, only her portrayal on this show, so dont get mad at me 🙂 Im just wondering if anyone else felt the same.

October 21, 2016
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Welcome GraceK..Bonjour et bienvenue.

I haven’t actually watched The Tudors all the way through. I really must try to get them sometime.

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October 21, 2016
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GraceK said
Anyone else find her character portrayal ( in this show) as annoying? i know they were trying to make her seem saintly and sympathetic, but to me she came off as pathetic and annoying. Her desperate clinging to Henry and professions of love were sad to watch after awhile. Hes treating her like crap, trying to find every reason to get rid of her, and she blames Wolsey and everyone else for putting ideas into his head, all the while insisting he truly loves her. It starts to border on delusional. I am in no way talking about the historical KoA btw, only her portrayal on this show, so dont get mad at me 🙂 Im just wondering if anyone else felt the same.  

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October 22, 2016
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Thank you! 🙂

October 25, 2016
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Hi Grace and welcome.
The real Katherine was very proud and noble in her bearing. However, there were times where she was as stubborn and determined to keep Henry as he was to be rid of her. She was in a horrible situation. She did blame Wolsey. She did love Henry and wanted their marriage to be what it was in the beginning. She insisted that he loved her and they could not be parted in the eyes of God. She did not believe that any of it was Henry’s idea.

In her eyes, her husband was acting foolishly, but she did not blame Henry. She thought if she could talk to him, remind him of their years together, he would come back to her. He was being led astray. Everyone else was to blame. Her Catholicism kept her from agreeing to go live in peace as a nun. Me? I would have gone to the convent. Her marriage was a permanent arrangement and she wanted Henry to see that. He didn’t. She fought for him, and loved him to her dying day, and she never conceded defeat. She was right with her God, and that was all that mattered to her. Unfortunately, all of this fighting between Henry and Katherine was to the detriment of Mary. I admire Her for her strong belief, but boy did her beliefs, along with her husband’s determination, hurt their daughter.

She is one of my favorite queens. At one point in their lives, Henry and Katherine had thought alike. They were faithful to the Church. My goodness, he was named Defender of the Faith by the pope of Rome. Their religious beliefs were solid and deep-rooted. When he completely turned on her, and decided that he could end the marriage, she was never able to understand how he could have fallen out with God. He was willing to trash God’s law. (Let no man put asunder) She wanted the man she married to come back to his senses, but he never did. She was afraid for his very soul. In Katherine’s mind, that was just too unbelievable.

I thought the actress was wonderful, although she did not look like Katherine. I don’t know why Hollywood always portrays her as being dark and wearing drab black all the time. Overly dramatic. Katherine had red gold hair and light eyes. She was descended from two of John of Gaunt’s daughters, and they were both light in coloring.

Maybe the show did make her look delusional? It was sad to watch her. I agree. I thought they got Katherine mostly right. It has been years since I have seen it though, and I might be getting fact and fiction mixed up.

Anyway I am rambling. It is nice to have you with us. I look forward to reading your posts.

October 26, 2016
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Thank you Sharon for your reply. I agree with you that her decision to fight Henry was a detriment to Mary. I guess its easy though to look at her actions with the benefit of hindsight. I was disappointed in Maria Doyle Kennedy portrayal of her though. I feel like all character traits you mentioned above didn’t come through…I like the actress, just not in this role…she came across, to me anyway, as unbelievably pitiful. Then again, the show isn’t exactly known for its historical accuracy 🙂 I’m glad I finally joined this forum after lurking for so long! I look forward to chatting with you all.

October 26, 2016
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You may be right, Grace. I have not watched The Tudors since it first came out. I did feel pity for her though. Time constraints on a TV show always leave the best parts of the characters out, and show only the end results. I couldn’t remember the actress’s name yesterday to save my life. How bad is that? The inaccurracies were plentiful in the show, but it was so much fun to watch. Glamorous. I looked forward to watching it every week. For me, that’s saying a lot. My problem is, I’m not very good when it comes to fiction during this period. I have been known to throw things at the TV, or if I’m reading fiction, like when I read TOBG, throwing the book across the room.

We are very friendly here. I’m sure we will find lots of things to talk about. Smile

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