The Tudors

Season 2 Episode 9

The Act of Treason

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 25, 2008 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Even though the executioner needs several strokes to chop Brereton's head off, during the second attempt no head or blood can be seen on the block.

    • Goof: Mark Smeaton is the last man to be executioned but even though the executioner has chopped off several other heads before, the blade of the axe is bloodless as Smeaton is placed on the block. Then, when the executioner raises the axe, the blade is stained with blood.

    • The poem composed by Thomas Wyatt while he is imprisoned in The Tower, is an adaptation of the third stanza of his poem with the latin title Innocentia Veritas Viat Fides Circumdederunt me inimici mei, which in itself is an adaptation of Psalm 16, verse 9: "My enemies surround my soul".

      The original stanza reads as follow:

      These bloody days have broken my heart.
      My lust, my youth did them depart,
      And blind desire of estate.
      Who hastes to climb seeks to revert.
      Of truth, circa Regna tonat.

  • Quotes

    • Thomas Wyatt: These bloody days have broken my heart. My lust, my youth do them depart. And blind desire of ambitious souls who haste to climb, seeks to revert. And about the throne, the thunder rolls.

    • Queen Anne: You suppose that if anything bad happened to the king, then you would think to have me.
      Sir Henry Norris: Madam, if ever I had such a thought, then I wish my head were cut off.
      Queen Anne: Oh, that can be arranged.

    • King Henry: I want to tell you, in this slippery world, you represent for me all that is innocent, everything that is good, unsullied, uncorrupted.

    • Queen Anne: Lady Rochford, what can I do for you?
      Lady Rochford: You could ask your brother to be kind to me. He is cruel in every way.
      Queen Anne: Come now, I don't believe you.
      Lady Rochford: There are others that he's preferred to me.
      Queen Anne: Husshhhh.
      Lady Rochford: You don't understand. He does not treat me as his proper wife, as the king treats you.
      Queen Anne: Let me tell you something, Lady Rochford, the king cannot satisfy a woman. He has neither the skill nor the virility.

    • Thomas Cromwell: Sometimes, Your Grace, in order to defeat evil you must learn to consort with the devil.

  • Notes

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

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Greece: July 10, 2008 on Mega
      Germany: January 10, 2009 on ProSieben
      Switzerland: April 13, 2010 on SF1
      Slovakia: May 6, 2011 on Doma

    • In reality, Jane Seymour became a lady-in-waiting in 1532, the last year of Catherine's reign and then she served Anne Boleyn as well. In the series, she only becomes a lady-in-waiting during Anne Boleyn's reign.

    • It's not mentioned, but Jane Seymour was King Henry VIII's fifth cousin three times removed.

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