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I know, I know, I should just stop watching the show seeing how it irks me. And I would, but the pretty people lure me back every time. Also I think Catherine of Aragon owns just about everyone else and I do quite madly love her and her dark, sombre garb. If only she and Thomas More would run off together and have lovely babies in some new world my life would be complete. But, alas, the bitter weight of history is against me. Though it doesn't stop my alternative version of it where this happens and everyone live happily ever after. Except the Boleyns. And pretty much the rest of the English Court who die in some attack of the sweating sickness leaving the Irish to take over the British Isles.

So tonight* in the continuing adventures of Henry VIII, the Incredibly Stupid, we had Henry take a full 60 seconds to understand a courtier saying 'omnia vincet amor' - love conquers all. And even then he sort of mistranslated it. For the love of all that is good and holy, in this period pretty much 90% of one's education was spent on Latin and thus anyone who could not translate a 3 WORD LATIN SENTENCE would have to have been dropped on his head a lot as a baby. It reminds me of that student who managed to graduate Eton in the mid 19th century not understanding a word of Latin. That sort of ignorance takes real dedication because they weren't actually doing much else other than classics from about the age of 8 on.

* I get this on in demand so I'm up to episode 9, which might be ahead of the regular broadcast schedule.

ETA: I have been watching the Korean drama 'Lovers' but am strangely annoyed by the apparently hard and fast rule that the hero/heroine of every Korean drama must spend 75% of episodes 13-18 in tears or looking longingly at each other. Also the horrific outfits of the female lead have wounded my soul. No wonder she is so weepy: I would be too if I had to wear those horrific insults to fashion.

Date: 2007-05-21 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sujet.livejournal.com
Episode 9 and -still- no divorce? Oh my. What has kept me going with the show was the thought I would at least get to see Anne get beheaded. I'm not sure I can wade through another 10 hours of Rhys-Myers' eye-popping and prancing just to get there.

Date: 2007-05-21 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I also thought that at least I would get to see Anne get it by the end of this season, but no... I don't know how many episodes to go but I suspect we will get the wedding at the end of this one. And I do not think I can take any more of Henry going 'WAHHHHHH, why don't you have my divorce, fool' to Wolsey.

Pah.

Date: 2007-05-22 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] escap1974.livejournal.com
Heh. I'm intrigued by the fact that I'm still watching the show, considering I have a lot of the same opinions you do.

Do I have my divorce? No. Do I have my divorce now? No. How about now? No. Now? No.

Really, that's all we've seen.

Date: 2007-05-23 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I just keep hoping that Henry will remember that he is actually a king and do something other than prance around and droop over his forbidden love for Anne.

Date: 2007-05-23 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-julia.livejournal.com
But, alas, the bitter weight of history is against me.

Considering the storyline of the Henry's sister, that doesn't have to mean much... Okay, I don't hold out much hope for a happy ending for Catherine myself, but here's one instance where I'd happily take creativity with the facts. *sigh*

She is my main reason for hanging in there, so I had to come back here 'me too!' the Catherine appreciation. Too bad she's married to an annoying bore.

Date: 2007-05-24 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I don't know how the show will survive getting rid of Catherine and Wolsey, to be honest. Without them it's just Henry being petulent for hours and moaning on about how he doesn't have a son.

I want people to write history AUs where she and More run away to the colonies and have lovely babies and are all dignified and decent together.

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