The lords are running around losing their heads, or else cuing up their long held plots in case of the eventuality of Henry dying. Let's call the whole thing a sign of Cromwell's own fate to come. Ultimately, she was killed really because she didn't have a son fast enough to please the king. I was just about to say this as well. . And after a shout that is bound to make your blindfolded victim flinch! His attitude towards Anne verges on hatred, from the first time she comes to see him after the accident, to her next miscarriage which some say was brought on by the shock of being told her husband was dead.
When I saw Peter Straughan's script, only a first draft, I couldn't believe what I was reading. A real tribute to Claire Foy. It's hard to know what's historically accurate and what's literary license. Edited May 11, 2015 by Calamity Jane Okay, this is going to be a stupid question, but where was Mary Boleyn? With her fear comes indiscretion as she makes foolish comments that make it easy for her enemies to find fault with her. But was Catherine of Aragon guilty of the Biblical sin Henry and Anne attributed to her, and therefore her daughter? Overall Wolf Hall has been a rich and faithful telling of Cromwell during this period in English History. Perhaps his sword was made of Valyrian steel?? It is more evocative in Mantel's prose! Great work by Claire Foy as well. Cromwell has extracted the ultimate revenge.
I've read the books so many times my memory is questionable, but I think they may have used that speech which I also love in an earlier episode. Was Anne guilty, or was she? I would also guess that if the king wants you to lie about your husband and sister in law who also happens to be his wife, then you do it. Chances of her being crowned and keeping it at this point in history would have been slim to none. This week, his choice comes back to bite him. Those are two big accomplishments! A nice try I'm sure but then she went nuts when started helping Catherine Howard to cheat. She argues with Jane Rochford but in her anger Anne divulges that the musician Mark Smeaton and the nobles Francis Weston and Harry Norris have all declared their love to her, a treasonable offence.
The job I would not have wanted other than being queen, of course was the women who had to clean up afterwards. The main witness for the charge of adultery was Jane Rochford who was well known to hate her husband George Boleyn; their marriage was unhappy from the start. But with so many heads removed, who now stands between Cromwell and the King? Good episode, not as good as I thought it would be, but good nonetheless. Consequently there are executions - the highest profile being that of Anne herself, watched by Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell: I need guilty men, Harry.
He's a theatre writer by trade. She had two options: marriage or employment. Cromwell now has enough information to act and these men together with Anne and George Boleyn are brought to the Tower of London. I do have to wonder what Jane Rochford thought she was accomplishing though--no man would ever want a woman who testified against their husband and who seemed to relish every moment of it. And inflammatory charges will find Jane Rochford and Thomas Cromwell ultimately, so what goes around.
Edited May 12, 2015 by Dirtybubble Something interesting I noticed about Cromwell during the execution--did you see him grab the arm of the young man standing next to him? But, there really isn't any proof that she ever slept with anyone else after bedding Henry. I had read that Henry had pity on both his wives who were beheaded and was sure to have the blade especially sharp for them; what a swell guy. Her resignation and one-word answers in the trial scene were very effective for me. I do have to wonder what Jane Rochford thought she was accomplishing though--no man would ever want a woman who testified against their husband and who seemed to relish every moment of it. Instead, the King's behavior turns erratic. Didn't Jane's remaining single really put her on the low end of the political totem pole, especially in the Boleyn family? In desperatation he turns around and pounds on the king's chests until Henry, startling into conciousness, breathes again. Thomas Cromwell also looked resigned throughout the episode--he was under the king's orders to help execute people he probably knew to be innocent of the charges against them, especially George and Anne's incest allegations.
They kept it up for years and years. Cromwell questions Mark Smeaton, who foolishly boasts of his exploits with the Queen and starts to spill other names including Norris, Weston and William Brereton. Jane has caught his eye. Review and recap of Wolf Hall Master of Phantoms The tension is evident as Anne interacts with her household, at one moment lively and flirty, the next biting and cruel to those around her. After all, the reformation is less than five years old, and the country is still restless.
But it is an intensely political piece. I thought the actress playing Anne did an excellent job of those last moments. Did her miserable marriage motivate her to play with fire and hope only other people got burned so to speak? But, like all great Shakepearean tragedies, her greatest strength that got her to where she was also was her greatest weakness, and the reason for her downfall. Arrogant and convinced that she still wields power Anne makes the mistake of slapping Jane Rochford, who informs Thomas of the men with whom Anne has cuckolded her husband. And if I were the Seymour family, after watching what happened to the Boleyns, I'd keep Jane as far away as I could from the king as I could.
I'm not saying the production needed all the details that are in the book and accurate according to accounts of the period , but it adds to the terror of the episode. The King now has his eye on her, and the entire family is hoping she can reel in that fish - with Cromwell's advice, of course. I have a sense that Hilary Mantel wanted that immediacy. Because women are socialized to be carers and nurturers to the exclusion of almost all else, there are very few avenues for them to work out their aggressions and competitiveness which they aren't even supposed to have, for pete's sake. The actress playing Anne was superb in her desperation to save herself and then her resignation that she was doomed was beautifully played. I did feel Foy did a good job this last episode, especially her final moments before her death.