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A thought-provoking probe of a dark mystery,
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The background surrounding the mystery of the Princes in the Tower is extremely complicated, and I find it amazing that the producers were able to do as fine job of the history as they did. While taking some dramatic license, the story is based on a well-documented historical meeting between the Bishop of Cambray and the Spanish Ambassador who visited the prisoner -- the so-called "Pretender" -- in the Tower after his capture by the first of the Tudors, Henry VII. As mentioned by another viewer, this is more a docu-drama, and those who are looking for a movie should look elsewhere. Nevertheless, if you like a good mystery, you'll find this absolutely riveting. If this production has a fault, it's that Henry VII, whose cold and calculating nature was well known even at the time, is portrayed too sympathetically. What is captured well is the darkness and horror of this period of the Wars of the Roses; the ruthless and predatory nature of the dominant personalities involved; and the terrifying predicament of the "Pretender." Much of what is portrayed is actually historical fact, including the torture that "Perkin Warbeck" was subjected to. The general thesis of this drama is powerful-- and daring, viz. History is written by the victors, and the Pretender may well have been who he said he was -- Richard, King of England, executed by the usurper, Henry VII.
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Initial post: May 7, 2014 11:17:15 AM PDT
Andreas Petofi says:
The real usurper was Richard of Gloucester. If he had not seized the throne in 1483, the Princes would've survived and Edward V would've been crowned king!
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