Top positive review
on 8 December 2012
Following directly on from the first series, Henry finally gets his divorce and marries Anne - but can the marriage have a happier outcome than Catherine's?
I love this series with its lavish production values and superb acting. Rhys Meyers continues to give us a complex Henry - getting older almost visibly in this series, and starting to exhibit more of his famously capricious and terrifying temper.
While this does continue to take some artistic license with documented history (most obviously in the cases of Henry's sisters), there are moments where it is also subtly true to the sources: the scene, for example, where Anne wears yellow to celebrate the death of Catherine.
At the heart of this series is the fate of Thomas More, and the fall of Anne herself. Anne is treated throughout in a fairly hostile fashion but the final episode redeems her in an unexpected and poignant fashion.
So, yes, another brilliant drama that remains, despite some deviations, true in spirit to the times and the story.