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Secrets of the Six Wives

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Travel with historian Lucy Worsley back to the Tudor court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives, each of whom found a method of exerting influence. The programs combine drama with historical comment.


  • Beheaded, Died

    Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, but as Worsley notes, he grows tired of her and falls for Jane Seymour. Anne's fate is sealed; she is executed and Henry immediately marries Jane, who dies soon after she gives birth to a son.

    Length: 00:55:16
    Usage rights: 1/22/2017 to 2/4/2024
  • Divorced

    Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Despite her skill and devotion as his queen, she fails to give Henry the son he needs and he falls for Anne Boleyn.

    Length: 00:55:16
    Usage rights: 1/22/2017 to 2/4/2024
  • Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

    Worsley presents the last three wives: Anne of Cleves, called "ugly"; young Catherine Howard, whose tragic childhood was abusive; and finally, the far from saintly nurse, Katherine Parr.

    Length: 00:54:46
    Usage rights: 1/22/2017 to 2/4/2024