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 programs combine drama with historical comment.



More to Explore from Secrets of the Six Wives

  • 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


    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.

WETA Passport

Stream tens of thousands of hours of your PBS and local favorites with WETA Passport whenever and wherever you want. Catch up on a single episode or binge-watch full seasons before they air on TV.