One of history’s most notorious and exciting scandals, the Anne Boleyn story has been reimagined countless times. Now Netflix is bringing the story back to life in the docuseries Blood, sex and royalties. Here’s everything we know about the cast, release date, and plot of the series.
The story of Henry VIII and his wives is one of the most notorious and memorable in history. particularly when it comes to Anne Boleyn. While Henry was still married to his first wife, Queen Katherine of Aragon, Anne joined her sister Mary (who was the king’s mistress at the time) at court.
Once there, all hell broke loose. The king fell in love with Anne and would stop at nothing to have her. In 1527 Henry filed a petition for divorce with the Catholic Church, which was rejected. Four years later, Henry decided that if the church wouldn’t grant him his divorce, he would do it will of the Church and grant them themselves.
So Henry founded the Church of England in 1533, installed himself as its head (via the Act of Supremacy) and had his marriage to Katherine annulled, according to Historic Royal Palaces. At this point he had already married Anne five months ago, but who would disagree?
Not surprisingly, after marrying the king, Anne became the object of his wrath. Instead of producing the male heir Henry was seeking, Anne produced a girl – Elizabeth (Katherine and Henry’s marriage had similarly produced only a single female heir, Mary).
By 1536 the Reformation that Henry had begun to win over Anne had left Anne with many enemies at court. One of them was Thomas Cromwell, who alleged adultery against her.
In search of a way out of the marriage, Henry had Anne arrested, tried, and in a short time beheaded. Eleven days later, Henry married the third of his eight wives.
Although much of the cast of Netflix Blood, sex and royalties has no characters assigned on its IMDb page, Hello Magazine reports that Amy James-Kelly will play Anne Boleyn. James-Kelly is best known for her role as Suzannah Sowden (née Washington) on the series mr jack
Opposite her as the infamous King Henry VIII is Max Parker. Known for his role on emmerdale farm, Parker also plays Mikhail Tanner in the Peacock series Vampire Academy.
Others in the cast are EastEnders‘ Adam Astill, Sophie Böttge, Lois Brabin-Platt, outlanders callum coats, The Kings Stephen Fewell, Nikhita Lesler, Jhon Lumsden, Simona Mozura and Aron von Andrian.
The three-part series premiered on Wednesday, November 23 — just in time for Thanksgiving binge-watching.
Described as “steamy” by Netflix Blood, sex and royalties promises to be a dazzling mix of documentary and fictional storytelling. Following the trend set by other incredibly successful but historically liberal shows like Bridgeton and Conviction, Popsugar says, “Netflix’s Blood, Sex & Royalty fuses embellished dramatizations with historical commentary.”
dr Owen Emmerson and Lauren Mackay will star on the series as historians. But those looking for some outrageous fun can rest assured that the series appears to be ready.
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