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THE TUDORS: EPISODE SEVEN – SEASON ONE

When I sit down in my living room to watch the Tudors, besides my notebook and pen, I must have three important things – My sofa pillows fluffed and propped up perfectly behind me, popcorn and total silence. Therefore I always end up watching it very late at night after putting my rambunctious daughters to bed. But today, I was able to watch it in day light (5:30pm) for the first time since I left work early to take my older daughter to the doctor. My little one, being the noisiest of the two, was having a great time running back and forth as I popped my popcorn in preparation for my show. I said to her for the fourth time, “’Ella (not her real name) you have to go in your room and watch your movie because mommy has to watch….” She finished my sentence, “Tudors! I know, I know.” A smile came over my face. I didn’t realize that my little one was aware that I watched The Tudors let alone the routine leading up to my viewing experience. That was interesting. Tudors has become a part of my life! Is that good or bad? I don’t know.

What I do know is that Episode VII of the Tudors turned out to be haunting and welcoming at the same time. It was literally plagued by the “Sweating Disease”- an almost always fatal disease which was marked by sweating in its victims. The sweating sickness, also known as the “English sweate” (Latin: sudor anglicus) today, was a mysterious disease that struck England, and later continental Europe, in a series of epidemics beginning in 1485. In 1528 the disease recurred for the fourth time and with great severity. It first showed itself in London at the end of May and speedily spread over the whole of England. In London the mortality was very great; the court was broken up, and Henry VIII left London, frequently changing his residence and this was illustrated well in The Tudors. The show went on to show the King’s insecurity and fears mounting to the point that his dreams and waking dreams were disturbed by the possibility of him being infected.

The worst did happen to him though. His beloved Anne Boleyn became stricken with the disease and this nearly destroyed him when he had to wait patiently for word on her health. She somehow miraculously survived the disease and is rejoined with the King. I don’t think this actually happened but it makes for a great drama. To see the character of King Henry VIII who is usually spitting became overjoyed at the sight of a now well Anne Boleyn really touched me. I felt so upset at myself for saying “Awwwww” out loud. It would have been only natural for my next step to be turning to the Soap Opera Channel. Never that!

Chancellor/Cardinal Wolsey whom I am not fond of also fell with the sweating disease. I was surprised to see how I felt sorry for him in his pain and suffering. His vulnerability caused me to see him as a human being who simply makes flaws as all human beings do. I forgot his hypocrisy and cruelty in this moment of desperation. After he recovered, I found it difficult to feel that same hatred towards this character. Maybe I’m a softy.

The sweating sickness eventually died down by the end of the episode but in reality, it died down in 1551 after which the disease apparently vanished. The onset of symptoms was dramatic and sudden, with death often occurring within hours. Its cause remains unknown to this day.  I must admit that this episode was not only entertaining but an educational tool because I wouldn’t normally Google “Henry VIII”, but I find myself doing that a lot these days.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 gold pounds (because this episode didn’t have as much depth as the previous ones. It actually just felt like a pathway to the next episode)

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March 29, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. I loved the little insert about how Tudors became part of your
    life tell me about it this project became the center of my life haha.
    I think your writing is gradually taking on the blog writing style where you are less descriptive of the narrative and more opinionated personally. Great job!

    Comment by ilona0420 | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Yes. I noticed at the beginning that I was summarizing the episodes too much so I decided to share what I took away from the remaining episodes because essentially, I learned something in each. Thanks for noticing!

      Comment by N.A. Sharpe | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hey Nikki,

    I like the conversations between you and Ilona.

    I enjoyed reading your blogs.

    The show is in its final season so you better catch up!!

    I will have the grade ready shortly.

    All the best,

    Prof. Dunphy

    Comment by Professor Dunphy | May 14, 2010 | Reply


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