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Friday, September 24, 2010


Ed Peters

Compare "The Tudors" on television now with "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" a generation ago.

You exactly nailed it.

Mark Brumley

Well-done. Sandra Miesel has a knack for debunking without succumbing to the temptation to white-washing Christian history. Christians aren't perfect. But usually the facts are contrary to how the anti-Christian polemicists have construed them. Sandra makes that clear.

Thomas S

Funny, I thought The Tudors actually made a respectable attempt at historical accuracy (at least concerning the BIG issues), and a shockingly favorable depiction of the Catholics for a network like Showtime.

David K. Monroe

The factual content in The Tudors seems to owe a lot to Alison Weir's The Six Wives Of Henry VIII - I think that Michael Hirst must have had a dog-eared copy of it at his side as he wrote the episodes - but the obvious conflations and fabrications and even errors (such as Henry being a head shorter than most of the rest of the cast, no insult intended to the fine actor who plays him) detract greatly from the authenticity of the presentation.

This is not to say that it's not great entertainment - I certainly enjoy the series - but some of the errors are so basic that it's hard for me to call it a respectable attempt at accuracy. Accuracy, as it usually is, takes a back seat to the drama.

You are correct about the positive portrayal of Catholics, but then in the series Henry is not so much the hero as he is the anti-hero, and as such Catholics come off as sympathetic as they are resisting his encroaching tyranny. If you want to see Hirst give Catholics the business, see his movies Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Thomas S

I agree much was conflated (even morphing multiple characters into one), but the larger historical threads (that interested me anyway) were fairly well done. Quibbling about the height of Henry is rather low on my radar (although I must say I thought that bit of casting was off the mark).

I wasn't aware the same man made the wretchedly offensive Elizabeth movies, which would have been a much more apt point of reference for this Hypatia comparison.


Here are some other articles which compliment Sandra's excellent information.

Mike Flynn
The Life and Times of Hypatia of Alexandria
The Dangerous Silliness of the new movie Agora
Fr Robert Barron

Fr Barron comments on Agora

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