Wednesday, March 28, 2007

"The Tudors"


Dear reader, did I ever mention what a sucker I am for a ruff and a pair of well-fill'd (N.B. slightly Elizabethan spelling there) britches? As a child, I was completely obsessed with the Tudors and Henry VIII in particular. There's even an embarrassing story about how I once - to my parents' horror - tried to force our local barber to name the six wives IN ORDER. I think I was about eight at the time. I kept notebooks on them, that's how bad it was. Why did no-one point out to me that they were just a bunch of ginger Welsh people? No wonder I'm psychologically scarred. But I digress. Imagine my delight, nevertheless, to discover this rather fabulous mini-series, featuring the comely Jonathan Rhys-Wassisface. He's definitely my kind of Henry VIII - nice pecs, brooding eyes and not even the slightest whiff of ginger or Welshness about him ::swoon:: He's also about 4 feet tall, but people WERE smaller in those days, it's an acknowledged historical fact. Anyway, if you click on the pic, you can go to their site and watch the first two episodes for free (my italics). Enjoy.

5 comments:

Boz said...

Lots of eyeliner in Tudor time, apparently then?

Am trying hard to resist making a joke about liking men with big swords... arrgghhh....

rhino75 said...

Boz, that's surely not eyeliner, it's soul - lol. Thank goodness it wans't King Arthur, I would have had to have slipped in a "Lancelot" joke...

maitresse said...

God I have such a soft spot for medieval British history. Not for Renaissance, though-- the Tudors were a bunch of usurpers! Henry VII saw to it that Richard III was completely discredited and then he swooped in and took over...

I'll watch the show anyway. Hey, HVIII comes up on the agregation from time to time. It's research.

And Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is Welsh, isn't he??

rhino75 said...

hmmm, if I remember correctly, the discrediting came afterwards, didn't it? Maitresse, I can see why you might think JRM was Welsh - the Rhys thing - but in fact he's a Dublin boy whose real name is Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe. 'Tis no harm ;-)

maitresse said...

Wow! Yep, it was the Rhys that misled me. Why did he change his name??

As for the discrediting-- I thought it was before as well as after but perhaps it was solely subsequent. In any case I was amused to see that historical tidbit made it into episode 1!