Henry Viii: Mind Of A Tyrant

Wednesday, July 8 on M4

The final programme in the series examines how Henry, having inherited a chronically weak English crown, forged it into an instrument of unprecedented power, and then wielded it to change forever the nature of both England, and the English.

Wednesday, July 1 on M4

The third programme in the series traces Henry’s ten year affair with Anne Boleyn. Henry began to pursue Anne in early 1526. As lust turned to love, he conceived the idea of marrying her. But that required a Papal annulment of his marriage to Katherine.

Wednesday, June 24 on M4

The second programme in the series deals with Henry the warrior, focusing on the battles fought in his early years in power. Henry’s father had won and defended the crown in battle. For Henry this was the mark of true regal legitimacy and he was determined to emulate his father and win even greater glory.

Wednesday, June 17 on M4

To mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne, Dr David Starkey presents a vivid four-part biography which goes inside the mind of Henry. This is not the story of Henry and his six wives, but an unprecedented examination of the inner life of a pivotal figure in British history.

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