The Tudors

Season 1 Episode 6

True Love

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

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

    • Althought he is credited, Callum Blue alias Anthony Knivert does not appear in this episode.

    • Ousama Rawi won the 2008 CSC Award for "Best Cinematography in a TV Series" for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany: June 14, 2008 on ProSieben
      Greece: June 25, 2008 on Mega
      Switzerland: January 13, 2010 on SF1
      Slovakia: February 4, 2011 on Doma

  • Allusions

    • 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.