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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 'historical show'., 6 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Tudors - Season 4 [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
These shows are very good entertainment and like previous viewers have stated, a long time in coming to these shores (despite being filmed in Ireland).
Let us get the obvious out of the way, yes we know that Henry in later years was fat and ginger haired and Rhys Meyers is obviously not and we could probably all think of actors better suited, but if you get past that, you may actually enjoy it. Saying that I am sure that Charles Brandon was not as handsome as Henry Cavill was either. Yet despite that, these shows have more historical value than people give them credit for.
Yes like the excellent series 'Rome', they upped the sex, language and bloody deaths, but they do run fairly close to the facts, at least in all the non-fiction books and historical documentaries I have read. The shows really tried to bring to life the court of Henry as it may of been.
Historians agree the Tudor court was as sneaky, favour mongering and down right dangerous as the shows portray, just not as glamourous. Families including the Seymores, Boleyns and Howards were all indeed swinging in and out of favour and doing their upmost to bring the others down. If you think that was bad just take a look at the War of the Roses! I do not think one aristcratic family survived without at least one of their members ending up on the scaffold.
Not to mention real life characters such as Bishop Gardiner and Richie Rich waging their own religeous persecutions, with Henry's knowledge and blessing and we all know this continued for another couple of centuries.
In this the Tudors did very well.
Some have said they overdid some of the executions and added additional elements for entertaiment value, including the portracted death of a certain character at the end of Season 3. Well no! It seemed it did happen just like that and I had to turn away seeing the death of a character in Season 4.
Overall I really enjoyed these seasons and would have liked to see what they could have done with the reigns of Henry's three children, but these were very good.
BTW I absolutely loved the soundracks of all four seasons (the first time I bought all seasons of a show), they really added to the show, not to mention help me to relax when reading and to work when marking for my job with some really emotional pieces. Season 4 has three which spring to mind 'Execution Ballad', 'Surrey Found Guilty' and 'End of a Dynasty'. The Tudors Season 4
I do indeed recommend this show............................even to those who like me love
history!
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