The Tudors

Season 2 Episode 4

The Act of Succession

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 20, 2008 on Showtime
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Henry and Anne's first child, a daughter named Elizabeth is baptised.
Henry submits a bill to Parliament which will become his first 'Act of Succession'. According to this act, only the children from his marriage to Anne can inherit the throne. The act includes the requirement that every subject, on demand, takes an oath acknowledging the King's marriage to Anne and his supremacy in all thing secular and spiritual.moreless

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  • The Act of Succession

    10
    The Act of Succession was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The Tudors. I enjoyed watching this awesome episode because Cromwell as Henry's new chancellor or secretary has come up with new bills for parliment that will change England, Queen Anne has an interesting exchange with Lady Mary who embodies the courage and honor of her mother, and Sir Thomas More is arrested and locked up above Bishop Fisher. This episode had a lot of intrigue, drama, and new beginings. Queen Anne really takes to her new station and seems to have Englands best interest at heart. The sets, costumes, and cinematography were exceptional! I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Henry decrees that all his subjects must take an oath declaring their support of his role as head of the English Church. Anne, pregnant again, is forced to choose a mistress for her husband that she can control.moreless

    9.5
    The best episode of The Tudors so far this season! The political intrigue intensifies as Henry decrees that all his subjects must take an oath. The oath will declare that only children Henry has with Anne are legitimate successors to the throne, and also that he is the true head of the English Church. Some important personages refuse to take the oath, and it is safe to say that the beheadings will begin soon. Henry also appoints Mary, his first daughter, to help care for Anne's daughter Elizabeth, denying any contact between her and her mother. Anne is forced to choose a mistress for her husband she can control while she is pregnant, much to her dismay. Everyone in this show has a hidden motive, and as tensions increase, the truth begins to bubble to the surface. It's sure to get much more exciting before the end of the season rolls around.moreless
James Gilbert

James Gilbert

William Brereton

Guest Star

Laura Jane Laughlin

Laura Jane Laughlin

Margaret "Madge" Sheldon

Guest Star

Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole

Pope Paul III

Special Guest Star

John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

Cardinal Campeggio

Recurring Role

Bosco Hogan

Bosco Hogan

Bishop Fisher

Recurring Role

Perdita Weeks

Perdita Weeks

Mary Boleyn

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Thomas More: I am the King's loyal subject. I say no harm, I think no harm but I wish everybody good, and if this be not enough to keep a man alive in good faith, I long not to live.

    • Anne Boleyn: Lady Mary, I am here in kindness. I would welcome you back to court and reconcile you with your father if you will only accept me as queen.
      Lady Mary: I recognise no queen but my mother, but if the king's mistress would intercede with the king on my behalf, then I would be grateful.

    • Thomas Cromwell: Majesty, I have just heard that the Pope intends to make Reverend Fisher a cardinal. (Henry scoffs) Apparently he's already dispatched the cardinal's hat.
      King Henry: Then Fisher will have to wear it upon his shoulders, for by the time it gets here he won't have a head to put it on.

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