I watched The Tudors last night, and.
1. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is, of course, very pretty. But the 21st C hair cut, and the very much too dark hair - Henry was a strawberry blond - were problems. But it is nice to see Henry as he actually was for much of his life - a handsome athlete.
2. Yeah, okay. Boobies. *yawn*
4. He called the daughter of the Duke of Buckingham "Lady Buckingham." No, and no, and again no. Daughters of peers don't get Lady Title. Wives of peers do (and Duchesses don't. They get "your grace.") Daughters get Lady Firstname Lastname, and Lastname is usually not the title. For that matter. Elizabeth Blount was *never* Lady Blount. She was the daughter of SirJohn Blount, and her title would be Mistress. "Lady Blount" would be her mother. Yeah, it's nitpicky, but I'd have thought the producers would know these details.
5. I missed Blood Ties for this, so it was kinda cool knowing that Henry Fitzroy was being conceived on Showtime and helping solve supernatural mysteries on Lifetime. "You're carrying a vampire!"
6. Preparations for Field of Cloth of Gold - way cool.
7. Henry's genuine problems about being married to Katherine of Aragon - yes. Very much so. Even though I have no idea why he, a more than decent theologian in his own right, would refer to Vayikra - Leviticus - as "gospels". The Papal dispensation was also kinda...funny...in reality, so, yeah. Qualms. And no heir? If Mary had married the Dauphin, her husband would have been King of England, even if he had no power. Philip of Spain was titled King of England during their marriage. And names have power. It was a real worry. And, honestly, he was right about his dynasty. It lasted only one more generation, ending with Elizabeth. His sister's grandson took the throne.
8. Sir Thomas More - yay!
9. They had Queen Katherine praying in English. I don't understand why at all - it was obvious she was praying, and even if people didn't realize she was saying Ave Maria in the proper Latin, that she was praying obsessively would still be perfectly clear. No one in the Roman Catholic church prayed in the vernacular until after Vactican II, right? Certainly, Katherine of Aragon would not.
10. As for the counselor thing - she was widely hailed as one of the most brilliant women around (given the compliment of having a "man's brain") and Henry always left her as regent when he went off to war - and there was at least once that England won a decisive victory because of her leadership. Henry knew and respected this. Given who her mother was, it's not surprising at all.
I'll probably watch next week, but then we will see. It depends on how they treat Anne Boleyn. Note - I just finished listening to a lecture series about Henry VIII, so I'm kinda stuffed with information.