In his quest for control, love and a male heir to the thrown Henry proves to be unpredictable and volatile as the King of England in the Showtime original series “The Tudors”. Throughout his reign, Henry will forever leave his mark on the Renaissance period by dismantling the Church, marrying six times and pillaging the wealth for his own. His subjects come to know him as a cruel and uncertain tyrant who will leave the once magnificent England forever altered.
During The Tudors, series there are many men struggling for power at Henry’s side, but no two are as influential as Charles Brandon and Thomas Cromwell. Charles is Henry's dearest friend and stands by his side at all times, even when doing the Kings bid leaves him tormented and conflicted. Charles always has Henry’s best interest at heart leaving him in a constant battle of wits with Cromwell. Thomas Cromwell serves as the King’s chief minister persuading him on decisions concerning the church and marriage until Charles, finally vindicated, proves one of those decisions wrong, leaving Cromwell to face execution by order of the King.
Many characters serve instrumental, yet short-lived rolls during the rise and fall of Henry’s rule. The women in his life include Catherine, his first wife who gave him a daughter Mary. Henry would divorce Catherine to be with Anne Boleyn, who uses the King’s love for her to influence her families’ political and religious deceptions upon Henry. After Anne’s execution, Henry marries the love of his life Jane Seymour
only to loose her after childbirth complications. Finally we find him with Anne of Cleves, whom Henry detest leaving him to quickly annul the marriage leaving us to wonder what The Tudors will present us with next.