The Six Wives Of Henry VIII [DVD]
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The women who married Henry VIII have become defined
not by the way they lived but by the way their lives ended.
They are seen as victims of a bloated tyrant, deserving pity, but not
respect. However, have we under-estimated them and are historians right to
have merely portrayed them as bit-part players in Henry's story?
Using dramatic reconstruction and passionate narration,
eminent historian and presenter Dr David Starkey focuses
on the stories of the women themselves, revealing in
intimate detail their experiences of sex, childbirth and the glamorous,
dangerous life at court, including the deadly intrigues that dethroned
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The actresses and recreations were compelling and I could strongly sympathize with the fear and pain of Anne Boleyn (played by Julia Marsen)when she was framed for adultery by Henry's evil chief minister Thomas Cromwell. Anne Boleyn was an intelligent and well educated woman with strong opinions on religion and politics, quite different from the inaccurate picture we get in The Other Boleyn Girl [DVD] (2008)
She played an important role in persuading Henry to renounce the Pope and the Catholic Church and move England into becoming a Protestant country. she certainly did not commit adultery but her strong character was seen as a threat. This together with her crime of giving birth to a girl child instead of a son, that turned the perverse Henry against her.
Strangely Anne of Cleves known to be rejected by Henry because she was unattractive was played by the very fetching Catherine Siggins
I liked Michelle Abrahams (Coronation Street) as Catherine Howard, and Starkey's explanation of Catherine's fun loving upbringing, her frivolous nature and love for men (I really believe Catherine Howard had a loving nature and her sexual adventurousness could never be held against her given the cruel fate of being used as power pawn by her unscrupulous family).Read more ›
Henry wanted to divorce Katherine because he needed a male heir and Katherine had failed to do this for whatever medical reason so a divorce was necessary. Henry probably previously sounded out the Pope about this possibility and so far so good.
It is at this stage I became baffled. When the divorce/annulment became necessary Henry applied for the routine divorce available to Kings "for reasons of state". He was unlucky in that Rome had been invaded and was being looted by a combined German, spanish and Italian army. The Pope being in prison being ransomed he couldn't grant Henry the divorce.
After the invaders had left the Pope was bankrupt and in desperate need of Henrys divorce money. So what wrong? why wasn't a routine divorce granted?
The Emporer Charles V was indeed a nephew of Katherine but to him the situation must have seemed reasonably clear. An older aunt was being divorced "for reasons of state", a situation that he would have understood and unlikely to have aroused any feeling of family involvement.
It was indeed a long drawn out situation before Henry could marry Anne Bolyn and hope for a male heir but nowhere is there a simple explanation of why the Pope didn't grant a simple routine annulment.
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Not disappointed at all ..... Just a wonderful video from start to finish .... XPublished 16 months ago by elizabeth edwards