The Tudors: Season 3 (2009)


Season 3
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The Tudors continues to revel in beauty and depravity in a third season that excels dramatically by challenging King Henry VIII's closest advisers to make difficult choices with harrowing consequences.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 106

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Air date: Mar 22, 2009

In the third-season opener, Henry VIII takes his third bride, noblewoman Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis), in hopes that he will finally have a male heir. Meanwhile, previously loyal subjects in the North take a stand against Henry's anti-Catholic crusade, which includes seizing millions of pounds in monastic wealth; and his new queen champions the cause of returning his estranged daughter, Princess Mary, to court.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2009

Henry sends Charles Brandon (Henry Cavill) to deal with the Catholic uprising; and while confined to bed due to an old jousting injury, the King takes a new mistress, Lady Ursula Misseldon (Charlotte Salt).

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Air date: Apr 19, 2009

With Christmas approaching, Henry reconciles with his estranged daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, while betraying promises he made to leaders of the Catholic rebellion.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2009

Brandon is unsettled by the viciousness and cruelty with which Henry brings an end to the Catholic uprising as the King puts the leaders to death; and, finally, a male heir is born to Henry and his queen, Jane Seymour, who dies shortly after giving birth.

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Air date: May 3, 2009

Cromwell sees a number of assassinations strike close to the court, and that they are actually warnings to him; the King meets with a bishop about writing the doctrine of his majesty's Church of England.

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Air date: May 10, 2009

With the quest for a new queen underway, a German emissary to the court suggests the King consider the two unmarried sisters of Duke William of Cleves, but Henry shows an inclination to taking a French bride. A number of clerics take exception to the introduction of Henry's "Six Articles of Faith" doctrine; Henry appoints Brandon the King's representative at court on the occasion of Henry's absence.

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Air date: May 17, 2009

The King's oppressive measures against the Catholic Church stir grumblings of war with France and Spain; Cromwell prepares arrangements for Henry's fourth marriage, this time to Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone), and Brandon heads to Calais to meet her, only to find that she is plain and unworldly.

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Air date: May 24, 2009

In the third-season finale, Henry tires of the unattractive and uninteresting Anne of Cleves and takes a mistress, the comely Katherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant), which rekindles his passion. Anne's cousin, a Bavarian prince, arrives at court and sweeps Princess Mary off her feet, but their happiness is short-lived when Henry sends him back to his own country; with his new powers, Brandon accuses Cromwell of being a traitor and has him imprisoned in the Tower of London.

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Season three of the Tudor-period drama begins in the d ays after Anne Boleyn's (Natalie Dormer) execution. Henry quickly remarries, this time to the noblewoman Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis), and continues his quest for a suitable male heir. Henry brutally deals with a Catholic uprising in the country, in reaction to his split from Rome, and later attempts reconciliation with his daughters from previous marriages, Mary and Elizabeth. As the season progresses, Queen Jane gives birth to a male heir, Prince Edward, but ultimately succumbs to postnatal infection. A politically calculated search for a fourth wife for Henry results in an ill-fated match and a loveless marriage. As the season draws to a close, Henry's aggressive and oppressive measures against the Catholic Church have rankled France and Spain, stirring talk of war, a nd affairs of state take a hit when Cromwell (James Frain) is labeled a traitor and dispatched to the Tower of London by the newly empowered Charles Brandon (Henry Cavill).


Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill
as Charles Brandon
James Frain
as Thomas Cromwell
Joss Stone
as Anne of Cleves
Peter Gaynor
as Holbien
Annabelle Wallis
as Jane Seymour
Max Brown
as Edward Seymour
Alan Van Sprang
as Sir Francis Bryan
Tamzin Merchant
as Katherine Howard
Mark Hildreth
as Reginald Pole
Charlotte Salt
as Lady Ursula Misseldon
Max von Sydow
as Cardinal Von Waldburg
Gerard McSorley
as Robert Aske
Kevin Doyle
as John Constable
David Wilmot
as Sir Ralph Ellerker
Rod Hallett
as Sir Richard Rich
Rebekah Wright
as Catherine
Gavin O'Connor
as Shrewsbury
Jason Healy
as Henry's Groom
Diarmuid Noyes
as Charlie Raw
Guy Carleton
as Chamberlain
Joanne King
as Lady Rochford
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Critic Reviews for The Tudors Season 3

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

It's a lavish, beautifully produced series that enters its third season in a solid dramatic groove.

Apr 5, 2009 | Full Review…

The best things about The Tudors is that, while the show's timeline works in mysterious ways, each episode basically provides instant gratification.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

A revved-up history lesson: light on dates and heavy on sex, glamour and lovely table settings.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In the past, The Tudors has been entertaining, titillating and infuriating by turns... [but] for the first time, it came alarmingly close to being boring.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Tudors remains lush and bejeweled, so much so that at times one fears it will simply collapse under its own weight, and, you know, we still have a few wives to go.

Apr 5, 2009 | Full Review…

A sumptuous Showtime drama that remains lusty good fun, if not a completely worthy claimant to a seat among cable royalty.

Apr 5, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Tudors comes roaring back as fresh as its first season. And I can't get enough.

Apr 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Meyers' vanity aside, The Tudors remains an uncommon treat.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Tudors" relishes in the corruption and sexual escapades its characters partake in, not yet lowering itself to the level of smut, but not shying away from showing as many naked maids in waiting as possible.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The relationship between king and subjects is the driving concern of Season Three, and marks a welcome departure from the show's previous focus on the personal drives and desires of Henry VIII.

Apr 5, 2009 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tudors: Season 3

  • Oct 21, 2019
    A bit rushed compared to previous seasons. A lot happened this season.
  • Oct 27, 2017
    Horrible show. I've tried to watch it several times...but between the low budget, lousy costumes and even the hairstyles that scream "2006" and not of the era in which they should be in... I just couldn't watch it.
  • Nov 22, 2013
    Keeps getting better.

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