The Tudors

Season 1 Episode 3

Wolsey, Wolsey, Wolsey!

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 2007 on Showtime
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The King asks Charles to escort his sister, Margaret, to her betrothed and promotes him to Duke of Suffolk. The envoys from the Holy Roman-Emperor meet with Cardinal Wolsey and determine how to cement the treaty between the two nations. Anne catches the King's notice in a play. The Emperor is invited to the King's court. It is learned that the King of France knows of the treaty talks- and the Cardinal is quick to find a scapegoat. We learn more of why Anne's father and uncle want her to seduce the King.moreless

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  • Wolsey, Wolsey, Wolsey!

    Wolsey, Wolsey, Wolsey! was a superb episode of The Tudors. I enjoyed watching this episode because we see the begining of Anne's seduction of King Henry. It was neat to see the King of Spain, Queen Katherine's nephew visit to make a treaty with England. There was a lot of character and plot development. Though the series may not be historically accurate, the stories and feel of the time period are portrayed wonderfully. This episode had a great pace and moves the season along quickly and yet smoothly as well. I enjoyed the drama and intrigue. I look forward to watching the next episode of The Tudors!!!!!!!moreless
  • King Henry's sister, Margaret, is to be betrothed to the King of Portugal. Anne catches the King's attention in a play.

    Tudors has its moments when the story is really catching but with the long and drawn out dialogs, its getting to be too much.

    It helps to be friends with the king. King Henry is giving promotions to two of his best friends, Thomas More who becomes Sir Thomas, and Charles Brandon, who is given the title Duke of Suffolk.

    The Emperor and nephew of the Queen is invited to the King's court to sign a treaty - joining forces to go to war with France. When the Cardinal has the King's liaison imprisoned I have a sneaky feeling he is the real traitor. I thought the way Anne Boleyn's father and uncle plotted was very clever getting Anne into the King's sight.moreless
  • They have lost the charm...

    I do not know.. The first episode was promising but from that - it has gone downhill. They have some moments when the story is really catching but with those long dialogs and confusing switches, I do not know - for me lot has been lost. Like I did not understand at all how could they tell that the man they arrested was French spy?

    The beauty of this serie, still, is the cleverly plotted intrigues and costumes. Even though not all of them look as historical as it could be expected from serie like this, they are beautiful for they eye.

    Not awful episode but not as good as previous one too.moreless
  • The story of Henry VIII.

    As Cardinal Wolsey has lost his chance to be Pope with King Henry's decision to go to war against France, a new treaty with Spain and Queen Katherine's nephew Charles, Holy Roman Emperor, offers him fresh hope. Thomas More is knighted by Henry, and charged with destroying any copies of the Lutheran "heresy" he can seize, obviously paining More (although he, too, considers it heretical). Princess Mary's engagement to the Dauphin of France is broken off in favour of a marriage to Charles of Spain. Henry's elder sister, Princess Margaret, is to marry the King of Portugal. Charles Brandon, Henry's friend, is made Duke of Suffolk in order to be able to escort her to Portugal.moreless
  • King Henry concludes yet another peace treaty.

    This was an "informative" episode, in more ways than one. Both plotwise and historically, some interesting points came up in this episode.

    Now, I'm not very good at history, so I don't know how accurate this series is but, historically, I felt two points were interesting.

    One was the matter of arranged marriages. How could they arrange a marriage between a full-grown man and child. In the previous episode, the arranged marriage at least involved two similarly aged kids, who were to marry at a a certain age, but there's at least 15 years age difference between the emperor and princess Mary.

    The second interesting point was how these kings signed treaties that contradicted each other. In last week's king Henry signed a treay of perpetual peace with the French king! Now he signs a treaty with the emperor planning to invade France.

    Plotwise, I thought the way they explained how Anne Boleyn's father and uncle plotted was very clever. Also, Anne is a willing and knowing 'victim', which promises great things for future episodes.moreless
Sebastian Armesto

Sebastian Armesto

Charles V

Guest Star

Matthew Keenan

Matthew Keenan


Guest Star

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson

Tower Constable

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Jamie Thomas King

Jamie Thomas King

Thomas Wyatt

Recurring Role

Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar

Princess Margaret

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Joe van Moyland

Joe van Moyland

Thomas Tallis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Continuity Error: When Anne Boleyn is sitting in the grass with Wyatt, her hair moves from in front and behind her shoulder from shot to shot.

    • Continuity Error: Thomas Tallis sees the ladies-in-waiting pass him by in one shot, but in the next shot the last two rows of the ladies pass by him again.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Mendoza: Who are those ladies?
      Thomas More: They are the graces, excellence. They have names like Kindness, Honour, Constance, Mercy and Pity. They are prisoners in the castle. The figure to the left, under the broken hearts is His Majesty's sister, Princess Margaret.
      Chapuys: Who is keeping them prisoner?
      Thomas More: Danger. Jealousy. Unkindness. Scorn. Disdain. Strangeness...
      (Men enter the room)
      Mendoza: Is the king there? Which one is the king?
      Thomas More: The men represent youth, devotion, loyalty, pleasure, gentleness, liberty. And, yes, His Majesty is hid amongst them.

    • Emperor Charles: Together we shall invade France and bring to an end the adventures of that libertine monarch, King Francis.
      King Henry: That would make me very happy.
      Emperor Charles: It will also make you king of France.

    • Anne Boleyn (to Master Wyatt): You are a poet as I am a woman. Poets and women are always free with their hearts, are they not?

    • King Henry: My father was a careful man, a shrewd man, a businessman. He left me a great deal of money, Your Eminence. I intend to spend it.

    • Thomas More: There's only one way to reach the King's ear, and that is through the good offices of Cardinal Wolsey.
      Spanish envoy: We heard some rumors, Mr More, that the cardinal advocates the French interests.
      Thomas More: Only when he considers them to be in ours.

    • William Cornish: You give us no choice but to attack and breach your defenses!
      Lady Unkindness: No knight shall ever breach mine.
      William Cornish: Lady, Desire overcomes all.

    • King Henry: What we lack in men, we can more than make up for in ships. We are in an island race, Cardinal. We have the best and bravest sailors in the world. I will have the greatest navy.

  • NOTES (3)