The Best Historical Dramas on Amazon Prime

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There’s nothing like finding the perfect show and letting yourself escape the real world for a few hours. However, with so many choices available, making a choice can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for some good period drama with lots of— well, drama— don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Available on Amazon Prime, these three period dramas have got it all, from great costumes to high-quality production design, mind-blowing performances, and narratives that transport you to the past.

The Tudors

Set in the high-stakes royalty world, The Tudors revolves around King Henry VIII (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and his marriages and reign. Beginning in 16th century England with him becoming distant to his first wife while growing desperate for an heir, the show takes a quick turn with the king’s infatuation with Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer), almost to the extent of obsession.

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Using some creative liberties that a drama show licenses, the show truly takes its viewers for an exhilarating ride through the plots against Henry including the shocking betrayals, greed, political scheming, and power.

Wolf Hall

Taking audiences back to the 1520s, Wolf Hall weaves a delectable suspense story while focusing on the character of Thomas Cromwell (played by Mark Rylance). He is a lawyer who gets caught up in the intrigue and treachery of King Henry VIII’s (played by Damian Lewis) court.

Having risen from humble beginnings, he enters British society and goes on to become one of the king’s confidants. This, however, brings along dangers for Cromwell. Wolf Hall takes on the 16th century, providing an intriguing and unique perspective into that era.

The Northman

This historical action thriller is set in AD 895 and is based on Amleth, the medieval Scandinavian legend said to be one of the inspirations for Hamlet by Shakespeare. Featuring a truly incredible cast including Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, and Willem Dafoe, the show tells the tale of a Viking prince who set out to avenge his father.

Prince Amleth wants to retrieve what he has lost, which is his parents and his kingdom, and heads to the windswept and cold land of Iceland. If what you are looking for is a true depiction of the Viking age through mesmerizing cinematography, this drama is perfect for you!

Scientists Find a New Secret in the Strokes of the Mona Lisa

Scientists Find a New Secret in the Strokes of the Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa has captured the world with its beauty and is one of the most well-known paintings in the world. Despite the fact that it is centuries old, the allure and the mystery of the woman in the painting and painter is still going strong.

While it sits in content behind the glass at the Louvre, scientists and art historians continue to dig—and this time they have discovered something new about the iconic work.

The Painter’s Technique

Leonardo da Vinci’s technique intrigues people studying his work, and new information has come to light regarding this multi-talented artist, who also appears to be some kind of paint alchemist!

Researchers analyzing his painting recently found a rare compound called plumbonacrite in a tiny speck of paint at the corners of Mona Lisa. The same compound was also found in da Vinci’s famous work The Last Supper.

The Compound

The compound plumbonacrite is a result of lead oxide, which suggests that the painter was using the substance powder to thicken and dry his paint. Upon deliberation, research has suggested that Leonardo was mixing oxide powder with either linseed or walnut oil, post which he would heat the mix to form a paste.

The Compound

The mixture, which would be somewhat golden in color, would then be applied to the wood panel upon which he painted the world-renowned Mona Lisa. Since the compound was also found in The Last Supper, it’s possible he painted the wall below it with the same paste.

The Genius Technique

Chemist Victor Gonzalez from France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, commented that this discovery could be instrumental in restoring it in the future, as well as add to the knowledge of conservators working on Leonardo’s works.

The mention of this compound was present in the artist’s notes only for hair and skin remedies, but researchers believe the mixture recipe was one he created on his palette.