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In an ambitious and groundbreaking approach to drama and history, historian Lucy Worsley time travels back to the Tudor Court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives.Combining drama, written by Chloe Moss, with Lucy's own contemporary historical comment, Lucy will move seamlessly from the present to the past, appearing as a range of silent servants: a maid, a midwife, a nursemaid.Closely-knit and often related to each other, the Tudor court was made up of a small group of powerful families all vying for influence and power over each other. While it was a world run by men and the King had ultimate power, each Queen found their own unique methods of exerting influence. It is these women's stories that Lucy wants to uncover, witness and explore, as well as offering a very new lens on Henry himself.
In this first episode, Lucy sees the early passion of young Henry VIII and his first wife, the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. Lucy follows Katherine through her emotional and physical struggles to give Henry the heir he so desperately needs to continue his own dynasty. After five failed pregnancies, four still births and one infant death and 16 years into their marriage, Katherine finally has a baby who lives - the only problem is that it's a girl.
Henry's eye wanders to the ladies at court - first to Mary Boleyn and then to her sister, the infamous Anne. Lucy travels to Rome to read the love letters that Henry sent her, now kept at the Vatican.
Not wishing to be laid aside as her sister had been, Anne Boleyn spurns all Henry's advances - unless he marries her. Henry needs the Pope to annul his marriage to Katherine but the diplomatic process to get this proves harder than he ever could have imagined.
Henry desperately assembles important English clergy and clerics from Rome in an open court in London to hear his argument for the annulment. Lucy watches as Queen Katherine gives a passionate defence, appealing to the clerics, the King and the public to support her in her legal marriage to the Henry. The King is left humiliated and furious; it looks like Katherine has won the first round.
By focusing on the women central to this significant period of history and uncovering private moments that were reported by eyewitnesses or recorded in historical documents, this landmark series provides a fresh new perspective on a familiar story.
Lucy observes the rise and fall of the infamous Anne Boleyn in Henry's affections.
Henry is still desperate to marry Anne and be rid of his wife Queen Katherine. The Pope is still refusing to annul the royal marriage, but there is a new revolutionary form of Christianity emerging in Europe (what would become Protestantism) - and Henry begins to see how he could become head of his own church in England in order to marry Anne.
Lucy is a witness at the wedding of Henry and Anne - where the bride is already pregnant. As Anne is crowned Queen in Westminster Abbey, she prepares to go into confinement for the birth of their baby and Lucy watches as Anne dares to ask Henry to remain faithful to her. Henry reacts angrily and Anne discovers what it is really like to be married to Henry VIII. A baby girl is born - Elizabeth.
Meanwhile, Henry has cruelly banned friends and servants of his former Queen Katherine from her deathbed at the damp Kimbolton Castle. As her last wish, Katherine dictates a letter to an illegal visitor, her old lady in waiting. The letter is to Henry - declaring forgiveness and her undying love for him. Despite this last effort, Katherine never receives a reply and Henry does not attend her funeral. Lucy visits Katherine's tomb at Peterborough Cathedral and places a pomegranate, her royal symbol, on her grave.
Back at the royal court, Lucy attends a masked ball where she eavesdrops on Anne and a courtier, Henry Norris. Lucy overhears Anne suggesting that if anything was to happen to the King, Norris could marry her. Soon all of the court have heard of the conversation. Rumours start to circulate that Anne has been having affairs with several men - including her own brother. Lucy witnesses Anne desperately pleading with Henry, but she is soon arrested and brought to the Tower of London. Lucy listens as Anne makes her final declaration before her execution: she denies all charges brought against her.
As soon as Anne is dead, Henry marries Jane Seymour. Lucy serves at a dinner in which Jane has an argument with Henry about the destruction of the monasteries. Henry reminds Jane of what happened to his last wife and she does not question her King again. Jane fulfils her most important role as Queen: giving birth to a healthy son, baby Edward. Henry's joy is overshadowed by grief as Jane dies 12 days later from an infection.
By uncovering private moments that were reported by eyewitnesses or recorded in historical documents, this landmark series provides a fresh new perspective on a familiar story.
Lucy Worsley revisits key events in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives, revealing how each attempted to exert influence on the king and the Tudor court; this episode follows Henry's marriage annulment to Anne of Cleves due to non-consummation. Middle-aged Henry then marries teenager Catherine Howard two weeks later, only for her to be convicted of treason and beheaded. Henry's last wife, Katherine Parr, is a good stepmother to his children, but her religious views differed greatly from the king's. Her book, Prayers or Meditations, was the first book to be written in English by a woman, but its popularity threatened Henry's advisors. Lucy observes as Katherine narrowly escapes being arrested for treason. Henry dies and his son Edward VI takes the throne, Katherine remarries and gets pregnant but tragically dies a week after the baby is born.
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