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After The White Princess and the White Queen, now we’re to have The Spanish Princess….

The American TV network Starz is at it again. After The White Princess and The White Queen, now we’re to have a dose of Catherine of Aragon, The Spanish Princess. See here …

It is to be aired in Spring 2019, so batten down the hatches, folks, we’re in for another bumpy dose of hokum. There are some familiar actors from previous series, plus the wonderful Harriet Walter as Margaret Beaufort. I think Dame Harriet will have a whale of a time.

There’s just one thing. These Starz series are renowned for prettying up the proceedings (I mean, they made Henry VII into a handsome, desirable stud!) So what, I wonder will they do with Katherine, who has always been portrayed as hard-done-by. But was she?

Recent research has proved that both Prince Arthur and Prince Henry (future Henry VIII) did their utmost to wriggle free of her. Why? Because she was too fanatically religious for them! It was believed that some of her astonishingly strict procedures were leading to an inability to produce children, which is hardly what is wanted of a Queen of England. She wouldn’t give up what she was doing, so the Tudors believed she was deliberately thwarting their chances of a continuing succession.

In the meantime, of course, Starz will portray her as the shy, beautiful, desirable, ill-treated bride who became the victim of the vile, adulterous urges of the contents of a certain Tudor codpiece.

Let’s face it, if she was too religious for the Tudors, she must have been quite something!

 

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2 thoughts on “After The White Princess and the White Queen, now we’re to have The Spanish Princess….

  1. I cannot abide these series, whoever makes them. The casting and costuming make me want to puke, never mind the blatant lies they tell, even when the truth is a far better story (as well as being, you know, true.) That thing The Tudors, with a black-haired sulky-faced pretty boy pretending to be Henry VIII? Pardon me while I puke! And nothing would get me watching anything with Elizabeth Woodville as the heroine, gods no. As for this thing … oi. I’ll find a copy of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and watch Keith Michell et al again. Its inaccuracies were as nothing to the stuff churned out now, it was well written, properly cast (I would swear Thomas Cranmer and Bernard Hepton were time-travelling twins) brilliantly acted and beautifully costumed.

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  2. blancsanglier on said:

    Bring back ‘The Shadow of the Tower’ with the marvellous James Maxwell who must be Tudors twin! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sARJ0u6M4E8

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