Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:00pm

This two-part documentary explores the infamous couple’s early lives, their passionate seven-year courtship, and the political maneuverings happening behind the scenes to determine what brought the couple together, and what ultimately tore them apart. In Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History, airing Thursdays, November 5 and 12, 2015 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb traces the evolution and historical impact of the tumultuous relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Lipscomb travels to Hever Castle, the Boleyn family seat in the countryside of Kent, as well as the Château de Blois, where Anne spent her teenage years as a lady-in-waiting to the French queen, to try and separate Anne’s true character from historical myth. She also visits Hampton Court, one of the few surviving Tudor palaces, to outline Henry’s progression from a charismatic young king to a cruel, tyrannical ruler. Utilizing historical first-hand accounts, dramatic reenactments, and footage from the places they lived and stayed, Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History argues against many of the established theories and notions about Henry and Anne, telling a very different story of their disastrous marriage.

An encore broadcast of Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History airs Saturdays, November 7 and 14 at 5 p.m.

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