Showtime’s version of history comes to an end with the series finale of “The Tudors” this coming Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern. Interestingly as it is Father’s Day here in the States, and Henry VIII was most obsessive about becoming a father. Of boys, naturally, but the girls came in handy too down the road, didn’t they?
The show has received its fair share of criticism. Overly-lush costumes, gratuitous sex, women who could star in a Nair commercial, queens who look like Barbie, and of course some liberties with historical events (not to mention the ageing process).
I do love, though, that the show surely sparked an interest in the era for some of us who didn’t give a toss previously, or who may have only had a passing interest and are now hooked. And for those of us who have passed many an evening engrossed in an Alison Weir or David Starkey tome, hearing some speeches verbatim or watching scenes played out as they were indeed recorded by observers was quite a thrill!
If you are looking for posts that do reference the show, JRM chats with Martha Stewart about his role here, Natalie Dormer tours Tudor goodies at the British Library here, there are ideas for a “Tudors”-themed par-tay right here, and a post on why our hearts can’t go on after the current season right this way.
Although we say goodbye to the pop culture phenom in just a few days, iTunes and Amazon ensure that we can watch Henry and Anne’s love romps and Cromwell’s execution as often as we like. The Tudor Tutor, however, will still be right here. This blog didn’t begin as a result of the series, and it won’t end when the series ends. I’ll still be doling out cheek on the dynasty, as always in an effort to entertain as well as inform. Stay tuned!