History for Dummies: The Tudors television series

By Dario McDarby

For those who love to study history, one obstacle remains in our way: history as written today is not accurate, even worse is its portrayal by the entertainment media. Movie producers, writers, admen and a host of deceivers have conspired in a great religious cleansing of history through the media that libels and distorts the Catholic Church. This shouldn’t shock. The idea that ‘all history is written by the victors’ has some validity. In this slice of time no sane man would say that we Catholics have won, or are winning. Most Catholics would look at anyone claiming that there is a spiritual war today as if he had been snatched by a sudden fit of lunacy. However, since the Reformation history has been deformed of truth about the Catholic Church. The assault even pre-dates the Reformation. It is enduring and most vicious today through appeals to a spurious objectivity that academics pretend to have. With the assent of Revolutionism, academics began to base their whole intellectual careers upon a lie: the evil of the Church. From this principle lie flowed a cascade of vituperation against the whole of Western civilization. The revolutionist’s agenda of socialism besmirched our great civilization maintained by the Catholic Church with its noble culture nourished by the faith. This was part of ‘the long march through the institutions’ whereby truth was overthrown in the hallowed halls of academic and the lie became the usurper. Academics offer support to the usurpation by spouting nonsense filled with error underscored with footnotes cribbed from dubious documents reinterpreted to fit the agenda. They’re rewarded by tenure and status, receiving adulation of puerile minds scratching for a new interpretation of things to validate the socialist concept of progress. No matter how many footnotes predicated on lies, though, the truth remains the truth and lies remain lies. When historical lies seep into culture, all manner of madness results. A perfect example of this is the recent Showtime network series called, The Tudors. The Tudors is a salacious, obscene, yet intriguing pseudo-history of the reign of Henry VIII, King of England. Half-truths, fabrications, and some historical accuracy weave a compelling story of the apparently manic-depressive king who at the same time was brilliant but easily manipulated, especially through his sexual promiscuity. The series has all the ingredients mindless modern day TV viewers seek: vigorous fornication between men and women, suggestions of oral sex, the king masturbating, and, of course, the gratuitous dollop of homosexuality, causing violence to historical accuracy and bringing scandal to historical figures who no longer can defend themselves. In the mix the viewer deludes himself that he is being home schooled in history! Interestingly, the writers and producers seemed to look favorably upon the martyred Saints Sir Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher, as well as the long suffering true wife of Henry, namely Katherine of Aragon. Other Catholics and their causes seem to far well

Unfortunately. but beautifully powerful in the episode. John Fisher.) St. More and Fisher. He was a formidable enemy of the Faith and no homosexual. On his way to the scaffold he slipped and when helped to his feet remarked that he appreciated the help on the way up. his executioners ordered it tossed ignominiously into the river Thames.” His head adorned the London Bridge but because it glowed with ruddiness and apparent life. and Queen Katherine stand as towers of faith. unmovable and true in the swirling madness of the ‘reforms’ of alleged clerical abuses in that unfortunate island. who was executed for allegedly having an incestuous relationship with his sister.in the series. Usually Catholics are similar to the ways in which men and fathers are portrayed. while powerfully portrayed. which is unique to television. in its artistic license of re-creating a historical character but ascribing to him a factitious history and the pernicious lies of government sabotage. Only a few of note will be mentioned here. vitality and irrepressible humor. The Queen’s eloquent apologia to her husband in the temporal court hearing his suit against her was verbatim from historical documents. The allegations of incest were concocted and led to his beheading. as simpletons and idiots not savvy to the new innovations in sex. A hint of his humor showed through when he was ensconced in the Tower of London and on the scaffolding for execution. In the series. When confronted by his wife and oldest daughter in his cell. Through all. St. the series expresses tired clichés against the Jesuits. Thomas’s character. the usurper queen. George is portrayed as more of a buffoon. the maniacal violence against the faith by the mindless rabble of reform. The naked body of the saintly Bishop. even though intrigue to annul her licit marriage proceeded through the machinations of the odious ‘Archbishop’ Thomas Cranmer (recently paid homage it seems by Newchurch in the promulgation of the hideous novus ordo missae. and for this received the crown of martyrdom while losing his head. certain in her vocation as Henry’s lawful wife. a reminiscence of Cranmer’s sacrilegious violence toward the eternal Mass of the Roman Rite. First. The series shows. nearly alone among all the bishops. genders. combined with Henry’s irrepressible lusts for various women show the Anglican Church is truly from the bowels of hell. Thomas More’s head took up residence in the vacancy left by our dear St. Hysteria against the faith. stands as the pillar of strength. he claimed that he was assured his cell was one of the best the Tower had to offer. Many serious and scandalous inaccuracies are portrayed in the series. but not fully. a vigorous reformer and highly intelligent man. the gentle and gentile Queen Katherine. but on the way down he could surely manage for himself. The two martyr’s speeches on the scaffold are fabrication. However. John Fisher defended her. St. He was not. the pandering to the homosexual lobby caused scandal to the name of George Boleyn. and socialist panderings. after execution. Sts. fails to show the complete dimension of his vigor. . dearly loved by the majority of the English peasants and nobility. lay atop the scaffold until a Catholic decently covered his “privaties.

Tallis is shown as a thin. of homosexuality in this man. A second homosexual lie is perpetrated against Thomas Tallis. But at last this same tree. allegations stated as researched facts then to come to life as historical golems. While these are three of many inaccuracies. to the viewer as well. This was a complete fabrication and a continuation of the libel against the Jesuits as scheming men of the Pope who plotted the overthrow of governments and the murder of kings and princes. The third fabrication concerned William Brereton who was a groom to King Henry. George is given a lover. effeminate looking man. George was known as a womanizer. all in the name of pandering to the morbid curiosity of fools who believe their knowledge of history is nurtured by this nonsense. in this case. Edward’s Crown.” There is no evidence. The coronation of Anne as usurper queen is intriguing. When malice shall have reached the fullness of its measure. and without any . he identified himself as an “unreformed Roman Catholic. In socialist academic circles. Henry gathers up St. this popular series gained viewers who. send to the English people wicked spirits. In the vision. No accurate portrait of Tallis exists. In The Tudors Brereton was given the persona of a Jesuit. He was implicated as a lover of Anne in Thomas Cromwell’s plot to get rid of the usurper queen and executed. by separating the green tree from its parent stem the length of three furlongs. commissioned by Pope Paul III to assassinate Anne Boleyn. St. God will. St. between titillations. with no allegation of homosexuality until recently when a feminist historian imprecated his name with no evidence upon which to base her allegations. Edward the Confessor saw a vision on his deathbed concerning the Catholic Church in England. apparently the writers used the feminist’s spurious research to besmirch his name. In one episode. Cromwell was Henry’s Chancellor of Exchequer. especially for Catholics. thought they were being taught some English history. he is given a male lover. in His wrath.In the series. or suggestion. It had never before been used to crown a queen. In the series. grave injustice is done. when history is used as a lie against persons and no attempt is made to correct it. Edward saw two monks he had known when exiled in France. a man. Sadly. In the series. long-haired. The only known portraiture was painted nearly 150 years after the composer’s death and is said to be highly speculative of his appearance. Not much is known about Tallis other than his musical service to a succession of English kings and queens. Undoubtedly unbeknownst to the writers and producers. They came to him and said: 'The extreme corruption and wickedness of the English nation has provoked the just anger of God. who seduced the composer. who will punish and afflict them with great severity. through the compassionate mercy of God. the great English Catholic composer of church music. Throughout his life. used in the past to crown many English kings.

Nevertheless. Should Catholics watch this series? No. and great Catholics that the English people have given us….’ Catholics should find the coronation of Anne with the crown of St. The Tudors is an entertaining. Edward. Edward the Confessor compelling. Watching the Wicked Seed. but if watch you must. representation of Henry VIII’s reign. . There are better ways to learn about the faith. in 1850. was crowned on June 1. though often pornographic. Three hundred years later. shall return to its original root. But to what fold: The protestanized newchurch? St. Henry’s lust for this wanton was the driving force used by the reformers against the Church. saints. Anne. if one watches the series it will provoke a greater desire to read about the martyrs.and will give us again in the violence of the Last Days. Edward’s green tree is still separated from its parent stem because the parent stem is separated from the root of Christ.” separation. the harlot and usurper. 1533. Anne Boleyn was the necessary agent of “reform. an irony: now. He writes a blog. Fisher. because by the coronation the “green tree (was separated) from its parent stem” commencing the prophecy of St. Edward’s prophesy was understood as three centuries. reflourish and bear abundant fruit. Read. Read about the history of the Church in England. More and St. Hopefully.national assistance. Pope Pius IX re-established the Catholic hierarchy in England. Dario McDarby is a lay Catholic. or of Katherine of Aragon. rather than watch. use the salacious and pornographic scenes as bathroom breaks or head to the refrigerator for a beer or soda. and the apostasy The ‘three furlongs’ mentioned in St. Pope Benedict XVI wants to welcome back to the fold the Anglican Church. Read biographies of St. Again.