The Tudors

Season 1 Episode 6

True Love

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 06, 2007 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

As King Henry gains in confidence, his displeasure with the way the Catholic church handles his request for an annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon grows. As a result, Cardinal Wolsey's position is weakening, leaving him vulnerable to his enemies.

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  • The king learns some things about his cardinal and the court finds out about his love for Anne Boleyn.

    An exciting episode because the king learns that Wolsey does not always have the king's interests at heart and that an annullment of his marriage to Catherine is unlikely, impossible even. Even thought we know, more or less, what will happen in the next few episodes regarding his conflcit with the pope, it's still exciting to see history in the making.

    I loved the return of Charles Brandon at court and hope he will feature more often, together with his wife, princess Margaret. I like that pair of fortune hunters.

    The confrontation between Queen Catherine and Anne was fun to watch too, and the king's public acknowledgement of Anne, over the queen, was shown to great effect.

    The scheming of Norfolk and Thomas Boleyn has paid off, Wolsey is now officially in trouble.moreless
  • True Love

    True Love was a perfect episode of The Tudors. I enjoyed watching this episode because there was lots of intriguing character and plot development. The King continues to pressure Wolsey, who fails him, while Lord Rotchford and Lord Norfolk begin their assult on Wolsey along with Charles Brandon. It was funny when he apologized to the King and they arm wrestled. Queen Katherine also had some good scenes as she confronted Lady Anne Boelyn. Mr. Wyatt was writing a lovely poem, and it was cool the Thomas Tallus was helping to put it to music. This episode had many entertaining characteristics. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • The story of Henry VIII.

    Personal and political allegiances continue to change in Henry's court. The King grows ever more confident in his role as monarch and more enamored of the young Anne Boleyn. Despite Cardinal Wolsey's influence and efforts - and much to the frustration of the King - the Catholic Church seems unable to make progress in Henry's petition for a divorce. This adds to the growing discomfort of the increasingly vulnerable Wolsey. Meanwhile, Charles Brandon begs for the King's pardon and is accepted back in court, with his wife, Princess Margaret, the King's older sister, as he joins Boleyn and Norfolk's quest to reduce Wolsey's power over the King.moreless
Kris Holden-Ried

Kris Holden-Ried

William Compton

Recurring Role

Joe van Moyland

Joe van Moyland

Thomas Tallis

Recurring Role

Padraic Delaney

Padraic Delaney

George Boleyn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof:
      The letters Henry writes to the Pope are repeatedly referred to as "bulls" even by a learned churchman like Wolsey. Bulls are only issued by the Pope, in his own hand, not by persons writing to him.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • King Henry (about Brandon): Look, I don't mean he is banished forever. Just as long as he breathes.

    • Charles Brandon: What does Norfolk want?
      Thomas Boleyn: He wants you to help us destroy Wolsey and in return he will persuade the king to forgive you and welcome you back to court.

    • King Henry (to Anne): Your neck, I love your neck.

    • Thomas Tallis: Mister Wyatt
      Thomas Wyatt: I've been thinking, perhaps you would set a poem of mine to music.
      Thomas Tallis: I'd be honoured. Do you have one ready?
      Thomas Wyatt: I am working on one, I have the first line.
      Thomas Tallis: Then you have almost everything.

    • Thomas Tallis: I'm going away.
      William Compton: You're going away, why?
      Thomas Tallis: Cardinal Wolsey is going to France. He invited me to go with him. With other musicians.
      William Compton: Must you go?
      Thomas Tallis: You know very well that an invitation from a cardinal is like an invitation from a king. We little people must put our hands into the fire if invited to.

    • Anne Boleyn: Forgive me, I spoke of things I should not.
      King Henry: No, no, I give you leave that we may always speak freely with each other, honestly, openly and with a true heart. For me, that is the true definition of love.

    • Cardinal Wolsey: Lady Anne, what are you doing here?
      Anne Boleyn: I have an audience with His Majesty?
      Cardinal Wolsey: What would a silly girl like you have to say to a king?

    • Norfolk: Well, the King is plainly in love with you. Don't you see, niece... It makes a man, any man... extremely vulnerable.
      Thomas Boleyn: How do you like your charge, sweetheart?
      Anne Boleyn: I... At first, I confess, I did not like it so much. I did not care for the King, but now, I... Now I...
      Norfolk: Anne, it would be wise for you not to be fooled by your own masquerade. It is your duty to use his love to our advantage in supplanting Wolsey.
      Thomas Boleyn: The Cardinal stands between us... and everything. And it is now in your power to do him a great hurt, and we expect you to do so.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Gabrielle d'Estrées and One of Her Sisters
      When George Boleyn finds the two young ladies waiting in his bed, they are taking the pose of a famous painting of the late Renaissance, which features two women, the left with her hand on the right nipple of the other, in the exact same manner as shown in the episode. Gabrielle was a favorite of the French King Henry IV and the painting is considered by some to be a subtle allusion to her being pregnant with his illegitimate child.