Henry VIII most infamous monarch in English history
38 year reign, 6 marriages
Divorced, beheaded died, divorced, beheaded, survived
Women more than wives – also queens
Formidable individuals, all changed history and shaped Henry VIII and England
What was it really like to be married to Henry VIII?
Passions, obsessions and betrayals
Katherine of Aragon
Warrior queen who taught Henry how to be a king
Love, passions and tragedies that tore them apart
November 14 1501 Katherine prepared for wedding night in London, aged 15
1000 miles from home speaking little English
In front of thousands of people in St Paul’s Cathedral married Prince Arthur, heir to English throne
Katherine was to be English queen Continue reading “Documentary Notes – ‘Henry VIII and his Six Wives’ with Suzannah Lipscomb & Dan Jones – Episode 1, Katherine of Aragon”
April 1509 Henry VIII takes refuge in the Tower of London.
Public image – kills Empson and Dudley.
Coronation = cloth of gold, jewels on horseback, Hall’s Chronicle, Thomas More – lawyer commissioned to make a speech, “golden age”.
Humanism influenced More and Henry, also chivalry – Erasmus,
Eltham Palace – Henry was raised away from the centre of London.
John Skelton taught him Latin, French, etc. Influenced by Margaret Beaufort and William Blount Lord Mountjoy.
New learning – grammar, rhetoric, morals, history. History of his own ancestors.
1503 Prince Henry was betrothed to Katherine of Aragon.
Strength of the Tudor family – influence, wealth, power. Demonstrated by buildings like King’s College Chapel.
Propaganda. Continue reading “Documentary Notes – ‘Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer’ Part 1”