The Tudors

Season 1 Episode 9

Look to God First

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 03, 2007 on Showtime
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The unthinkable comes to pass, Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his powers and authority. No longer is he the Lord Chancellor. His successor is a surprising choice.

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  • Look to God First

    Look to God First was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The Tudors. I enjoyed watching this episode as the papal court continued and finally reached a judgement, Anne introduces the King to a new book, and Katherine continues to fight for her God given rights. There was a lot of emotion in the character driven scenes, momentum in the plot development, and new beginings as things change for some of the characters. It was interesting to see Wolsey fall from grace, and to see how easy such a thing could happen. I enjoyed the last scenes as Henry convinces Sir Thomas to be his new Lord Chancellor. I look forward to the next episode of The Tudors!!!!!!!moreless
  • The story of Henry VIII.

    The legatine trial on the legitimacy of Henry's marriage to Katherine continues despite the Queen's refusal to attend, but the papal envoy receives notice to return to Rome and place the evidence to the judgement of the Curia. The King engages in frantic diplomacy with the French King, but he aligns with the Holy Roman Emperor instead. The Pope procrastinates and Henry, goaded by the Boleyns and the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, strips Wolsey of his temporal power and properties, bans him from court and appoints him Archbishop of York, while Thomas More reluctantly succeeds as chancellor of the realm. Margaret Tudor falls ill with tuberculosis and dies. Anne Boleyn subtly and opportunely asks the King to reacquaint himself with the subject of Lutheranism.moreless
  • The papal envoy decides not to make a decision on the king's annulment.

    After everything Wolsey has done, including threatening Campeggio, it's decided that a decision concerning the king's annulment cannot be made and the decision is deferred to the pope, again.

    King Henry is angry and Anne fuels that anger by directing it at Wolsey who, at the end of the episode is stripped of his offices.

    In the penultimate episode of this first season the scheming of Norfolk and Boleyn finally comes to fruition and Wolsey is out of the king's favour.

    The script writers have done a convincing job with this storyline. Wolsey's distress and helplessness is shown very well, excellent acting by Sam Neill too.moreless
  • The King's divorce hearings take an unfavorable turn. Ann enlightens the King on events and ideals outside his realm. Wolsey is stripped of his powers. Brandon is saddened at the loss of his wife, Margaret the King's sister.moreless

    I thought this was a good epsiode overall, it had that behind every great man there is a great woman vibe. I also enjoyed the workings of the court and the how much scheming and plotting goes on. So the King is making the impressions that he is moving toward forming the Church of England. Henry appears to be a complex leader, he wants to consume as much as he can, and be seen as tough and someone to be feared, yet he struggles with believing he is being laughed at behind his back, and as we saw tonight that is the case. I found all those Spanish jokes hilarious.

    Now the one thing that has me so confused on this show is how much time is passing between epsiodes. Ann is first portrayed as being young and in this episode saying her biological clock is ticking.

    I cannot wait for next week's finale.moreless
John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

Cardinal Campeggio

Guest Star

Bosco Hogan

Bosco Hogan

Bishop Fisher

Guest Star

Kate Brennan

Kate Brennan


Guest Star

Padraic Delaney

Padraic Delaney

George Boleyn

Recurring Role

Declan Conlon

Declan Conlon

Ambassador Mendoza

Recurring Role

Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar

Princess Margaret

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The scene of Thomas Cromwell tearing up a letter from Cardinal Wolsey is used in the opening credits.

    • The song King Henry is heard playing is called Greensleeves and according to a popular yet unproven legend, he actually composed the song. However, Scholars think this is unlikely, since its style was not known in England until after Henry's death.

    • The quote attributed to Prince Arthur (Henry's older brother and Catherine's first husband) by Sir Anthony Willoughby: "I have been this night in the midst of Spain" is allegedly a verbatim quote from 1501.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Princess Margaret: Softly love and to love softly. Dew on the sycamore branch. By the creaking gate where my heart hurries afterwards through the path of wheat along the briar, to that stone, under which I lie.

    • King Henry: I hear you've been unwell? Is it true?
      Cardinal Wolsey: Majesty, when was I ever unwell enough not to serve you?
      King Henry: That's what I thought.

    • Queen Katherine: Have you no kind things to say?
      King Henry: Kind?
      Queen Katherine: To your wife, the mother of your child. You treat me so unkindly and in public neglect me.
      King Henry: Katherine, you must accept the inevitable. The weight of academic opinion is against us. We were never legally man and wife. And the court will decide in my favour and if the court does not decide in my favour, I shall denounce the pope as a heretic and marry whom I please.

    • Cardinal Wolsey: Try to discover by subtle means, through his agents, if the emperor is prepared to support his aunt by use of force.
      Thomas More: You think he might invade England in support of the queen?
      Cardinal Wolsey: I don't think anything, but I imagine everything.

    • King Henry: Wolsey promises me I will have a divorce by summer.
      Anne Boleyn: Promises are easy.

    • Queen Katherine: I know also your malice against my nephew, the Emperor. You hate him like a scorpion. And why? Because he would not satisfy your ambition and make you pope by force.
      Cardinal Wolsey: Madam, you should never presume...
      Queen Katherine: My only satisfaction is that in frustrating you I hasten your fall from the King's good graces, an outcome I desire above all others.

  • NOTES (2)