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How accurate are shows like "The Tudors"?
The Tudor Era is commonly portrayed as one of "looseness" and "immorality." I know Henry VIII had some issues, but was his entire court sleeping around?
Henry VIII's court probably was fairly tawdry. It was, though, more acceptable then for men to take mistresses than it is now. Not so for the women, though some did manage a fling or two behind closed doors.
The Tudors is good television. They have most of the facts right, but this is entertainment, not actual history being portrayed. They've bent some truth and timelines, but the premise is correct on the outside.
Some of the facts about Anne Boleyn in the show are taken from assumptions or the political opinion of the times or outright fabricated. Because of the era in which these people lived, there really aren't a lot of cold, hard facts except for things like births, dates, marriages, deaths and other things that would have been recorded, and even some of those records have been lost to history. We don't even know for certain when Anne's birth date or year were, or her sister Mary's or her brother George's.
So we really don't know for sure if Henry VIII's court was full of lusty heathens or not. In today's world of entertainment, though, sex does sell.
I recently began watching The Tudors on Netflix and am completely absorbed in it! The way sexuality and promiscuity is portrayed in the show struck me too. It seems possible that it's half true, half made up for entertainment. I don't doubt that many affairs went on at court.
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