The promotional poster for the third season of The Tudorsthe one you've seen everywherefeatures a broody Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII perched atop a throne constructed out of carefully positioned nubile and naked young men and women.
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Tudors an kenya tits visual metaphor for the reign of Henry VIII as represented by Showtime full of illicit goings-on and considerable promiscuity of the king and his court. Here, King Henry's throne represents a kind of erotic body of domination worthy of Sade, and demonstrates the prerogative presumed in the late Tudors Ages of the King's total access to the bodies of his subjects.
Season Three of The Tudors offers plenty of salacious details. That doesn't mean the king has stopped looking for his next wife; as he tells Jane near the end of the first episode, he's already "disappointed" that she's "not yet with child," and as we know, Anne of Cleves Joss Stone is off somewhere in the wings, waiting for her naked. Henry's license isn't just about securing the Tudor line, though.
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It's also about sating idf women naked own estimable sexual desires. That image of King Henry atop his fleshy throne, however, gestures to more than the sexual excess of the Tudor court.
It gives visual form to the relationship between his power and his capacity to suppress and exploit his subjects. Here, the sumptuousness of Henry's dress is indicative of his supremacy, naked the naked bodies of his subjects show their penury and submission.
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This 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.
At the beginning of this season's second episode, he's confined to bed rest because of the flare up of an old jousting wound in body upper thigh. Juxtaposed to his muscled and so very white body is an angry red suppurating ulcer on his leg. In the Middle Ages, of course, the King was considered the direct embodiment of the State, and so the health of his body represented the health of the nation.