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Wives Of Henry VIII, The (Disc 2 of 2) (2001)
Starring: Dr. David Starkey
Director: Steven Clarke, Mary Cranitch, Louise Wardle, Nicholas White
Category: Drama, Documentary
Studio: BFS
198 mins



The true story of the women behind the throne!

Divorce, beheading, death in childbirth, exile, the women who married England's Henry VIII are best known for the way their lives ended. Yet these six queens were powerful, passionate figures who possessed extraordinary political skills, seductive guile and great dignity in the face of dangerous court intrigues.

In a time when woman were little more than political pawns and royal breeding stock, these very different queens managed to shake England to its very foundations. Relive the battle of wills between the King, a seemingly shy Spanish princess and her ambitious rival for his affections, which reverberated all the way to the Vatican. Experience the tumult and passion the scheming Anne Boleyn brought to the throne, before falling under the blade of the executioner-and then, the delicate trap laid by Jane Seymour, whose gentle manner masked a steely resolve to become queen.

See how his homely German bride, married for political advantage, shrewdly saved herself from the King's displeasure-and how a beautiful teenager, whose giddy indiscretions soon led her to the block, exploited her husband's aging lust. Finally, meet the reluctant queen forced into nursing a foul-tempered, sick, old man-and who narrowly missed being trapped in a deadly conspiracy planned by the King's jealous advisors.

This gripping series, vividly re-enacted at actual Tudor locations, reveals how Henry's six wives played out their parts in his desperate race for an heir and the surprising ways in which they changed history.