The Tudors

Season 2 Episode 5

His Majesty's Pleasure

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2008 on Showtime
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In the eyes of the Church, Henry's marriage to Anne is not legitimate. Both Thomas More and Bishop Fisher refuse to acknowledge Henry as the supreme head of the English Church. As a result, both are imprisoned in the Tower of London. Despite his marriage, Henry still finds plenty of beautiful women to look at.moreless

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  • His Majesty's Pleasure

    His Majesty's Pleasure was a perfect and intense episode of The Tudors. I really enjoyed watching this episode as King Henry stays committed to his path, Queen Anne starts feeling insecure and paranoid, Cardinal Fisher and Thomas More both find their fate through their faith with powerful and symbolic imagery, and Cromwell continues to see his power grow. This episode was full of drama, intrigue, desire, faith, and sadness. There was also a lot of character and plot development. The actors really played their parts well, the scenes were amazing, and the dialog was very moving. I look forward to watching the next episode of The Tudors!!!!!!!moreless
  • Don't cross the king!

    Intrigue, treachery, infidelity, beheadings! It's all here in another fun filled episode of The Tudors.

    Actually, it's taken a little bit for this show to grow on me. But it has me hooked. In this episode, King Henry the VIII continues to expect everyone to kowtow to him. This includes Anne Boleyn (in a surreptitious way), his many lovers, all his subjects...he just wants all the power.

    It's on this last point that Thomas More will perish. All the kings subject are to swear an oath that the church is led only by the King and not by the Holy Catholic Church. Needless to say, he pays for it with his head, though the King has a conscience. He will feel guilty for this for some time.

    Stay tuned...moreless
Rod Hallett

Rod Hallett

Richard Rich

Guest Star

Katie McGrath

Katie McGrath


Guest Star

Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole

Pope Paul III

Special Guest Star

David Alpay

David Alpay

Mark Smeaton

Recurring Role

Padraic Delaney

Padraic Delaney

George Boleyn

Recurring Role

Bosco Hogan

Bosco Hogan

Bishop Fisher

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Thomas More: Mr. Cromwell, there really is no difference between us except that I shall die today and you tomorrow.

    • Thomas Boleyn: What caused it?
      Anne Boleyn: It was nothing.
      Thomas Boleyn: Of course it was something. What did you do to kill the baby?
      Anne Boleyn: I didn't. I don't know. Believe me father, I was so careful.
      Thomas Boleyn: Well, not careful enough. Well, from now on we must all be careful - you especially - not to lose the king's love, or everything is lost. Everything. For all of us.

    • Pope Paul III: You and I Campeggio have done well to avoid the craft of women. Celibacy is an immense relief.
      Cardinal Campeggio: Yes, Holy Father.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for adult language and adult content.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Greece: July 4, 2008 on Mega
      Germany: January 3, 2009 on Pro7
      Switzerland: March 17, 2010 on SF1
      Slovakia: April 8, 2011 on Doma

    • The comment made by Pope Paul III about "celibacy being a relief" is interesting in view of the fact that he had actually fathered a son with a former mistress. He knew what he was talking about.