This Showtime drama focuses on the early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year reign (1509-1547) of England. The series looks at Henry's famous female companions like Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn and delves into his relationships with important figures like Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey (head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome) and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, who was Henry's best friend and unofficial adviser.
Max von Sydow
Alan Van Sprang
Henry defeats a political foe but faces his mortality; the ghosts of Henry's queens appear.
Accusations of heresy are made against the queen; Lord Surrey faces the ultimate penalty.
One of Henry's officers engineers a sudden victory; the king's health is weakened; Brandon returns from France.
Henry marries Catherine Parr; Catherine stabilizes Henry's household.
Henry restores his daughters to the royal succession and forges an unexpected political alliance.
Henry is devastated to learn of Catherine's infidelities and banishes her from court.
The king's warm welcome in the North reinvigorates him; the queen's former lover threatens blackmail.
Henry forgives the citizens of the North for their rebellion; Catherine begins an affair with Culpeper.
Henry feels his age during Christmas celebrations; Lord Surrey takes aim at the Seymour clan.
King Henry marries his fifth wife, inspiring jealousy in a trusted courtier.
Henry moves to annul his marriage to Anne of Cleves and beds a new mistress; Princess Mary falls in love with Duke Philip of Bavaria; Cromwell falls from favor.
France and Spain, with backing from Rome, align against England; Henry agrees to a marriage with Anne of Cleves.
Cromwell schemes to secure the Reformation by finding Henry a Protestant wife; Henry's wounded leg turns life-threatening.
Henry remains in seclusion; enemies of the crown use the king's absence to their advantage; Cromwell is disturbed when Henry does not resist the new church's similarities to Roman Catholicism.
The leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace are executed; Brandon is disturbed by the mercilessness; Henry celebrates the birth of a son.
Henry reconciles with Mary and Elizabeth in time for Christmas; Henry makes promises to the leaders of the uprising.
The Pilgrimage of Grace begins in earnest; Henry dispatches Brandon to deal with the uprising; bedridden Henry takes a new mistress.
Henry marries his third wife, Jane Seymour, hoping for a male heir; subjects rebel against Henry's crusade against Roman Catholicism.
Anne awaits her fate in the tower; Henry proposes to Jane Seymour; Elizabeth is removed from the line of succession.
Anne's fall from grace is swift and complete; Henry accepts Cromwell's charges against Anne.
Anne's resurgence of popularity at court is short-lived; Jane replaces Anne in Henry's affections; Anne's hysteria causes complications; Henry attempts to renew his alliance with Charles.
In a tale of power, family, love and betrayal, "The White Princess" -- adapted from Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel of the same name -- follows up the BBC/Starz miniseries "The White Queen." It's told from the perspective of three noblewomen waging an ongoing battle for the English throne at the conclusion of the War of the Roses. Promised in marriage to the newly crowned King Henry VII in hopes that it will unite the Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth (aka Lizzie) instead resents and plots against him. She matches wits and wills with Lady Margaret Beaufort, King Henry VII's mother, each maneuvering to gain his trust. Meanwhile, Lizzie's mother, Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, struggles with rumors that her long-lost son Prince Richard is alive -- forcing Elizabeth into choosing between her new Tudor husband and the boy who could be her own blood and the rightful York King.
The Borgias, led by patriarch Rodrigo, are a family of outsiders from Spain who try to take over control of Renaissance-era Italy. Through the use of bribery, extortion and torture, Rodrigo rises up the ranks to become pope. Two of Rodrigo's children are used as pawns by being married off to members of rival families at a young age. Vanozza, Rodrigo's long-time mistress and mother of his children, and Giulia Farnese battle for the elder Borgia's affections. The story of the Borgias has inspired such works as Machiavelli's political treatise "The Prince" and Mario Puzo's "The Godfather."
War ravages England in 1464 during a blood feud between the House of York and the House of Lancaster over who is the country's true king. Young Edward IV, heir to the House of York, is crowned king with help from master manipulator Lord Warwick, known as "The Kingmaker," who has a plan to control the throne. But that plan comes crashing down when Edward falls in love with Lancastrian commoner Elizabeth Woodville. A violent struggle for the crown ensues between Woodville, adversary Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, a pawn in her father's power game.