The Tudors (2007–2010)
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The Death of Wolsey 

Now cardinal Wolsey lives in misery as penniless archbishop of and in York, barred from court, hoping in vain Anne Boleyn who broke his hold on the king will reward his efforts as she once ... See full summary »


Ciaran Donnelly (as Ciarán Donnelly)


Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... King Henry VIII
Sam Neill ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Callum Blue ... Anthony Knivert
Henry Cavill ... Charles Brandon
Henry Czerny ... Norfolk
Natalie Dormer ... Anne Boleyn
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Queen Catherine of Aragon
Nick Dunning Nick Dunning ... Thomas Boleyn
James Frain ... Thomas Cromwell
Jeremy Northam ... Sir Thomas More
Jamie Thomas King ... Thomas Wyatt
Joe Van Moyland Joe Van Moyland ... Thomas Tallis
Guy Carleton Guy Carleton ... Chamberlain
Lorna Doyle Lorna Doyle ... Joan
Anthony Brophy ... Chapuys


Now cardinal Wolsey lives in misery as penniless archbishop of and in York, barred from court, hoping in vain Anne Boleyn who broke his hold on the king will reward his efforts as she once wrote, honors and offices are mainly distributed to the Boleyn clan, with Norfolk in charge -Charles Brandon neglects his joint presidency- of the royal council. While the devout, rather ascetic new chancellor Thomas More is determined to crush heresy, personally attending the stake, Thomas Cromwell convinces Henry that under Luther's vision the king is above all earthly laws, even his annulment should merely be treated as a theological matter, so he is commissioned to put the case before European theology faculties, while ambassador Boleyn must approach pope and emperor. Once he tastes the burden of government, Henry reproaches the council less virtue and worse results then the cardinal, especially now the treasury is empty and troubles spread, but when Cromwell learns trough a physician about ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode marks the first and last time we ever see the (now deposed) Cardinal Wolsey actually pray to God. See more »


Cardinal Wolsey was not imprisoned and did not commit suicide. After being accused of treason, he set out for London to answer the charges and died en route in Leicester. Wolsey's death came in 1530, three years before the death of Henry's sister Mary; in the series, the two events are juxtaposed. See more »


Thomas Cromwell: You condemn all reformers as heretics?
Sir Thomas More: Wolsey was far too soft on them. I intend not to be.
Sir Thomas More: Will you burn them?
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The Tudors Main Title Theme
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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Best episode yet ... attention SPOILERS..
11 March 2008 | by eborix13See all my reviews

In spite of the discrepancies between this episode and the true historical events I still consider the 10th episode to be the best one yet. Up until now I couldn't determine which character is good or evil. The final scenes in which Wolsey makes his las confession are superb.

The parallel drawn between his confession and the stage show wants to portrait Wolsey as an evil man. This is the image that the previous episodes suggested about Wolsey. But in his final words, which seem very sincere, we can see that his intentions were not always evil and he was a victim of the circumstances. This totally changed my opinion about Wolsey. Also seeing all the other from the court enjoying the show we get a glimpse of who they really are.

Great acting by mr Sam Neil and a great soundtrack (wish I could find out the name of the song which plays during the confession).

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