The History Makers: Henry VIII And His Six Wives

  |  Buy to Own: 03/03/2007
  |  50 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


'Divorced, beheaded, died; Divorced, beheaded, survived' - the children's rhyme accurately depicts the sometimes gruesome fates of Henry VIII's six wives, and is a catchy reminder of how a king at the height of his powers can manipulate the law for his own gratification. The iconic figure of Henry VIII conjures images of opulence and excess, but also of a man with a vicious and cruel streak that would send two of his wives to the executioner. However, as this film shows, he could also be a caring and loving husband - and was desperate for a male heir: desperate enough to kill.