History

Secrets of the Six Wives

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 show combines drama with historical comment.

Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

54m 11s

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.

Episodes

  • Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

    S1 E3 - 54m 11s

    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.

  • Beheaded, Died: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Beheaded, Died

    S1 E2 - 54m 41s

    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.

  • Divorced: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Divorced

    S1 E1 - 54m 41s

    Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to first wife, Catherine 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.

Extras + Features

  • King Henry VIII Surprises Anne of Cleves: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    King Henry VIII Surprises Anne of Cleves

    S1 E3 - 1m 20s

    Henry VIII surprises his new bride-to-be who he has never met before, Anne of Cleves, disguised as Robin Hood. She doesn't recognize him and the blind date is a disaster.

  • Henry VIII is Infatuated with Catherine Howard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Henry VIII is Infatuated with Catherine Howard

    S1 E3 - 1m 33s

    Lucy serves at an archery tournament at court. Anne of Cleves and the German ambassador watch as Henry VIII flirts with a young woman who has recently arrived, Catherine Howard.

  • Catherine Howard Confesses to Adultery: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Catherine Howard Confesses to Adultery

    S1 E3 - 2m 38s

    Catherine Howard is interrogated by Arch Bishop Cramner. She confesses to adultery but when he makes an accusation about her sexual past, she discloses that she was a child.

  • Episode 3 Preview | Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview | Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

    S1 E3 - 30s

    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.

  • Episode 2 Preview | Beheaded, Died: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview | Beheaded, Died

    S1 E2 - 30s

    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.

  • Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Argue at Dinner: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Argue at Dinner

    S1 E2 - 2m 5s

    Lucy serves Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII at dinner. The royal couple argues when Anne asks Henry to be faithful to her while she is in confinement. Henry refuses.

  • Catherine of Aragon Rules as Regent: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Catherine of Aragon Rules as Regent

    S1 E1 - 2m 26s

    Catherine of Aragon is a fearsome regent while Henry VIII is away fighting. When she is told her army have defeated the Scottish rebellion, she makes it known who is in charge.

  • Henry VIII Receives a Gift from Anne Boleyn: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Henry VIII Receives a Gift from Anne Boleyn

    S1 E1 - 3m 7s

    Henry VIII is receiving gifts at court when he is captivated by a present from Anne Boleyn. Henry asks Anne to explain the significance of the miniature golden, bejeweled ship.

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