I can’t believe we’re coming to the end of one of my favorite shows – The Tudors. The penultimate episode will be airing on June 13 and Henry VIII is getting old. Showtime has released a synopsis and promo photos, which we have for you below.
You can also view two sneak peeks for the upcoming episode that we just posted. By the way, the synopsis below is kind of spoilerly.
Political events continue to be tumultuous and exhausting. The profligate Earl of Surrey, a noble not known for his sense of judgment, loses 600 men in an unprovoked battle in France, endangering Henry’s recent success in Boulogne. News arrives that the King of France is preparing for war and, worse, England’s recent ally Emperor Charles has seized English ships and properties.
The rising influence of Bishop Gardiner is signaled by the appointment of a Catholic, Risley, to the important position of Lord Chancellor. Nonetheless, the Lutherans continue with their radical reforms, the latest of which is women preachers. One such preacher, Anne Askew, is imprisoned and tortured by Risley and then burnt at the stake for her perceived heresies. Sensing their rise in authority, Gardiner and his allies are determined to trap Queen Catherine. Brazenly, the Bishop suggests to the King that he has proof of her heresy. Henry confuses the Bishop with his reply: even if it was true–and he likely knows it is–he would spare her life.
The Earl of Surrey is not so fortunate. Defiant on his return to Court, Henry’s Privy Council is unconvinced by his explanations about how so many men were lost under his command in France. His rank is withdrawn and the King refuses to see him. Surrey’s wild antics and attitude have won him no friends among Henry’s closest advisors and he is arrested on charges of treason. After a quick and one-sided trial he is sentenced to death.
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