30 thoughts on “TBT: The Tudors – Late to the Party

  1. Reliving The Tudors was painful, yes, but your snark is SPOT ON. Also, I DIED at #12. Thank you for the giggle on a crappy day.

      1. baaaaad hair- looking out of one eye. Take the milliner to the Tower! Too many horrors to mention, fruit being the least offensive…

    1. I just watched the “I murdered Anne Boleyn, now I wipe dead swan all over my face” scene and I was literally gagging.

  2. I just started watching it yesterday. Kid u not! Good to know there is someone else with the same view. I only started to watch it because a client commissioned me to re-create Ann Boleyn’s pearl earrings. The earrings are great, but the show????

  3. I have thus far managed to avoid the Tudors, partially because it is not one of my favourite periods of history, but mostly because when it came out I was regailed with “oh my gawd, you have to see the costumes!” From my more historically clueless friends. Thank you for confirming my fears and saving me from this show!

  4. I like to call “The Tudors” candy, it’s pretty to look at but no historical value. Totally agree with all of your problems.

    1. I agree the 1st season was playing very fast & loose with history, but Natalie Dormer literally begged Michael Hirst to go MORE historically accurate with her character of Anne Boleyn & he decided Natalie could handle it.

      If you’re even fairly familiar with all the machinations that lead up to Anne’s fall, you do see a real turn around in the 2nd session. Especially regarding certain scenes(Catherine still making Henry’s shirts, Anne’s pleading with Henry while carrying Elizabeth, her arrest & what she said when they came for, as well as her imprisonment & execution speech.) All of those aspects were taken directly from THE ultimate source for all things Anne Boleyn: Eric Ives’ The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn.

      Of course it’s still just a soaped up tale of it all & by season 3 Michael Hirst reverts back to playing fast & loose with history, amping up the sexual side of it all.

      I LOVE this time period & know the details pretty well from reading Ives & Allison Weir, etc…while it irked me to see such a fantastic tale on its own made into basically a soap opera, I can appreciate it for what it is.

      Now, I’ll give it to Michael Hirst that he’s at least come a long way from soaping up for tv’s sake actual historic events, particularly with Vikings. The costumes are by the same designer who worked with Hirst on The Tudors, but she clearly did much more research this time. They’re not 100% accurate, but a great deal closer than her work on The Tudors.

      Trust me, if y’all think The Tudors is preventing you from objectively watching/snarking Vikings: think again. Michael Hirst learned his lesson & it shows. Besides, Vikings is doing much better than The Tudors ever did ratings-wise & it’s been renewed for another 2 seasons(6 total, compared to The Tudors’ 4 seasons.)

  5. Perfect! Spot an and your timing couldn’t be better. This afternoon I was like “mh…something funny to watch whilst my brain is occupied?” and started the second season. Today’s favourites were giant taffeta ribbons on the back of a bodice without any chemise underneath, but a pretty 19th century underskirt. You can’t say this series isn’t entertaining :-D

  6. Brilliant! If you haven’t reviewed the series “Reign” yet, you have to. The costumes are beyond historically inaccurate. Think prom dresses and “Gossip Girl”.

  7. I just watched long enough to come to the meshed Margaret/Mary Tudor and the King of Portugal and then I couldn’t stand it anymore. Now you have shown me Tudor boxers and I’m probably scarred for Life.

  8. I have to echo the horror of Reign. I had no idea they did boho looks back then . It is absolutely bizarre. Just about every century and decade after 1900 is represented.

  9. The Tudors…still in my Netflix queue…been there for four years. So I’m even later to the party than you are. I just couldn’t get past that JR-M hardly ever seems to have his biceps covered in the clips…even when wearing a doublet! Does Hank 8 have some sort of debilitating skin condition?

    But thank you for saving my eyes from that Gabrielle Anwar white number!!!! How horrible was that? May pass my former “Most Half-hearted Stab at Period Wear” title firmly held up to that point by anything Shannyn Sossamon wore in A Knight’s Tale (2001).

  10. I admit, I watched the entire series over the course of a month. There’s a lot of Charles Brandon hotness going on, and it was totes fun to constantly turn to my husband and say – “Oh! OH! That is NOT RIGHT!”, then go into a pedantic explanation of why whatever wasn’t historically accurate. I bet he hates it when I use the expression. “That is not historically accurate!”. Anyway, the thing that bothered me so much was Catherine of Aragon with her black hair and dark skin. Maria Doyle Kennedy was a good actress, but she looks nothing like the real Catherine with her red hair and pale milky complexion.

  11. Another thing I noticed that was wrong about Anne, was that in this show has long curly hair. In reality she had long, pin straight hair, and it wasn’t black. It was more of a golden brown.

    1. Fast and loose with hot rollers and side parts throughout- please, hair people- buy a hair brush? And we shall not even speak of head pieces…

  12. I have to admit I kinda loved the Tudors. Granted this was before I discovered historical costume accuracy, but I still don’t let it bother me too much. I think Rhys-Meyers was hot. Anne Boleyn was hot. The redhead was super smoking hot (I’m a woman but appreciate beauty in all its forms ^-^) The fact that it was even vaguely historically accurate made it more interesting than a history textbook on the period. And I admit it was pretty much a soap opera of history (at least it’s not so horribly soapy as Reign, even I have limits lol). Plus Sam Neill and James Frain! :D

  13. Of course it’s still just a soaped up tale of it all & by season 3 Michael Hirst reverts back to playing fast & loose with history, amping up the sexual side of it all.

    Henry VIII’s life was a soap opera filled with violence, misogyny and sex.

    But I’ve always had a soft spot for “The Tudors”. I found it entertaining. Jonathan Rhys-Meyer didn’t look like Henry, but dammit, he did a pretty good job of capturing the monarch’s personality. Best moment of the series? The last meeting between Henry and BFF Charles Brandon in Season 4. Rhys-Meyer and Cavill acted the hell of that scene in different ways.

  14. I just started binge-watching this series too. I find the lack of underwear (chemises) for the women especially disturbing. In a few episodes, the King is wearing a doublet without a shirt! WHY?! At least the costumers had the good sense to have Queen Katherine wear the proper underwear (thank God). Perhaps it was a way to show that the Queen was a lady in all respects, while everyone else were harlots who didn’t have the good grace to wear a flipping chemise? Also, the hats and hair styles are horrible, and the lack of hats in certain scenes inexcusable. I am watching to see when Anne gets what’s coming to her, then I am done with this series.

  15. Yes, The Tudors was a horror show. My main question is this: Why is the top of Jeremy Northam’s face cropped out of this photo?! I mean, I know that Henry Cavil is hot, but you just can’t disrespect Jeremy’s mature handsomeness like that! And to be fair, some other guy’s head is totally cropped out…foreshadowing or what?

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