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not as inaccurate as critics say it is,
This review is from: The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
There are many inaccuracies mostly with appearences and small details. But this is the most detailed portrait of any historical character ever to be on tv. Someones entire life covered in 30 + series in unprecedented detail. The BBC equivalent are more innaccurate because they ommit so much. But this series leaves almost nothing out regarding the actual events. Overall the history is accurate in my view and broad thrust of events is true!
Meyer looked nothing like the king but certainly in my view captured his violent, devious, vindictive, vain character far more effectively then any other portrayal of Henry V111 on TV or film!
The portrayal Catherine Howard and the events leading up to her execution was in my view pin point accurate and in far more detail then say BBC 6 Wives of Henry V111. The negotiation over the divorce of Catherine of Aragon was covered in nearly half a dozen show in unprecedented detail and accuracy.
Some of the inaccuracies are rather unneccesary such as Lady Rochford being beheaded before Catherine or Wolsey committing suicide (he would have been executed anyhow!)
I need not add to the fact that series is visually stunning and gorgeous to look
I am a history buff and do know alot about Henry V11. You would be hard pressed find a more detailed account in any history text book
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2014 17:09:14 BDT
When it comes to an opinion on the historical validity of "The Tudors", I think I'd pay more attention to real experts in the field who reinforced my own conclusion that - as history - this series was rubbish. As one of the foremost experts on Tudor history, David Starkey, remarked, "The Tudors is gratuitously awful" and "riddled with errors and inaccuracies". To be fair, I don't think the makers ever intended to produce an authentic piece of historical fiction, just a sex romp wrapped up in a fantasy soap opera. When it comes to authenticity in portraying KH8, I think even Sid James in "Carry On Henry" was more believable than Mr Meyer's peculiar portrayal!
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