You once wrote that you enjoyed the Tudor espisodes on HBO. I have only watched two shows but will watch it in its entirity soon. It seems that Henry VIII never ages in the series and when he is with Anne Howard he isn’t the discusting man with the sour smell and bad leg. In reading Phillipe’s books and watching the series the six wives of Henry the VIII it was a wonderful job as Henry aged in proportion to his wives. I love your website and look forward to getting a new stories to read…thank you for all your time and commitment.

They finally age Henry in Season 4 of The Tudors but only by greying his hair slightly and padding him out a bit, they certainly don't make him as big as he was in real life at that time. I can't say it bothers me too much because I think that Michael Hirst does show a deterioration in Henry's character. In the first series, we see him as a young, sexy King, full of vitality and then in the final season we see him suffering badly with his leg and health in general, becoming even more bitter and twisted, and being a shadow of his former self. I think it does get the point across.

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3 thoughts on “You once wrote that you enjoyed the Tudor espisodes on HBO. I have only watched two shows but will watch it in its entirity soon. It seems that Henry VIII never ages in the series and when he is with Anne Howard he isn’t the discusting man with the sour smell and bad leg. In reading Phillipe’s books and watching the series the six wives of Henry the VIII it was a wonderful job as Henry aged in proportion to his wives. I love your website and look forward to getting a new stories to read…thank you for all your time and commitment.”

  1. Doris Idar says:

    Actually, the discrepencies between history and the looks of the characters in The Tudors did bother me quite a lot. By the time he married Jane Seymour, Henry was getting seriously fat and Katherine Howard must have been either power greedy or completely blind by the time she married him.
    Mr Rhys-Meyer is an excellent actor but a bit of serious make up would have been necessary to make it more life like.

  2. Onelikethelioness says:

    I am old enough to remember a series called The Six Wives of Henry the 8th which was shown (I think) on the BBC in the 70s. Keith Michelle played Henry and I think he more closely resembled Henry physically i.e. reddish/fair hair, light eyes, athletic build). As the drama progressed, Henry aged from the 17 year old God-like youth who inherited the throne to the gross, gout ridden old man who was nursed by Katherine Parr. I found this much more believable.

    I enjoy The Tudors very much. Mr Rhys-Meyer is very good actor (and very easy on the eye) but Henry was very tall by the standards of the day. The resemblance between Henry & Charles Brandon was often commented on. Henry was approximately 10 years older than Anne. When Elizabeth was born, he was already the father of 17 year old daughter. All of this has been ignored.

    I think that if a programme is to be historically based then more attention should be paid to the detail.

  3. Katie says:

    I LOVE Tudors, mainly as Anne Boleyn is quite sympathetic during it. Yeah, she might be a bitch at times, but she was genuinely in love with Henry at the end? Johnathan Rhys-Meyers is a great actor; and I don’t think their appearance matters. I mean, yes, there would be some fault in, say, producing a sexy, dark haired lady for the youthful, playful Katherine Howard, but I think for the casting they were really good. I remember watching it by myself at home and messaging my friends and family with quotes and scenes I LOVED. It’s really easy to get into, regardless of age

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