The Tudors quotes

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Anne Boleyn: [to Master Wyatt] You are a poet as I am a woman. Poets and women are always free with their hearts, are they not?

Anne Boleyn: Forgive me, I spoke of things I should not.
King Henry VIII: No, no, I give you leave that we may always speak freely with each other, honestly, openly and with a true heart. For me, that is the true definition of love.

Anne Boleyn:You know I sometimes wish that all Spaniards were at the bottom of the sea.
Lady in Waiting: Mistress Boleyn, you should not abuse the Queen's honor with such language!
Anne Boleyn: I care nothing for Katherine. I would rather see her hanged than acknowledge her as my mistress!

Cardinal Campeggio: I have received a petition from the dukes of Suffolk and Norfolk and Lord Boleyn, saying the divorce has an overwhelming support of the people of England.
Thomas More: As Your Eminence would quickly discover if he stepped outside these doors and saw the people, that is a manifest lie. On the contrary, the people love their queen and they have every reason to do so.

Cardinal Campeggio: So the deal is off between the French cardinals and Wolsey? As it should be. The next Pope should be Italian, as it was, is, and should be. We had one English Pope. He was insane! No more.

Cardinal Wolsey: [regarding Henry's desired divorce] It is my considered opinion that we should apply to His Holiness, Pope Clement, for a ruling on this matter. Since he loves Your Majesty, I'm certain he will rule in your favour.
King Henry VIII: Oh, I hope so. I certainly do hope so, for your sake.

Cardinal Wolsey: [to Cardinal Campeggio] Let me make certain things plain to you. If you do not grant the King his divorce, papal authority in England will be annihilated. You should remember, the greater part of Germany has already become estranged from Rome, the same thing could happen here. It would mean the total ruin of the kingdom.
Katherine's speech to the court

Cardinal Wolsey: Francis has betrayed me!
Thomas More: Francis saw the futility of war. He recognised the need for tradition!
[Wolsey, ignoring everything More has said, looks up and glares at him]
Cardinal Wolsey: [hatefully] And you, have destroyed me!

Cardinal Wolsey: Lady Anne, what are you doing here?
Anne Boleyn: I have an audience with His Majesty?
Cardinal Wolsey: What would a silly girl like you have to say to a king?

Cardinal Wolsey: Let me know the moment the cardinals arrive.
Cardinal Wolsey is writing letters. Some time passes when King Francis comes to his chamber
Cardinal Wolsey: Your Majesty.
King Francis: You did not hear the news?
Cardinal Wolsey: What news?
King Francis: The cardinals are not coming.
Cardinal Wosley: Why not?
King Francis: The Emperor has decided to release the Pope from capitivity. Pope Clement ordered all cardinals back to Rome as the Vatican is once again in session. There is nothing I can do about; I am terribly sorry. They only take orders from His Holiness.
Cardinal Wolsey has been dealt a bad blow
King Francis{translated from French}: The wheel turns my friend.

Cardinal Wolsey: Thomas, let me give you a little advice. If you want to keep the love of a prince, this is what you must do: You must be prepared to give him the thing you most care for, in all the world.
Thomas More: The thing I care for most is my integrity.

Cardinal Wolsey: Try to discover by subtle means, through his agents, if the emperor is prepared to support his aunt by use of force.
Thomas More: You think he might invade England in support of the queen?
Cardinal Wolsey: I don't think anything, but I imagine everything.

Cardinal Wolsey: We have a new visitor at court, Princess Marguerite of Nevarre. I was saying to myself yesterday, I found her a very beautiful young woman with a very sweet and yielding disposition, She confessed to great admiration for Your Majesty. Should I, arrange ...?
King Henry: Yes! Yes, do it.

Cardinal Wolsey: Well, at least our alliance with the emperor is popular, although sometimes I ask myself why that should be so.
King Henry: Because he's not French!
Cardinal Wolsey: Quite.

Cardinal Wolsey: What did Lord Buckingham say about the king?
Thomas Boleyn: He told me he has a greater claim to the throne and that, as His Majesty has no male heir and will have none but he, Buckingham will succeed to the throne, but he also told me once that he has considered bringing that eventuality forward more quickly.
Cardinal Wolsey: In what way?
Thomas Boleyn: By assassinating His Majesty.