Henry, King Of Kings

Series exploring key areas of Henry VIII's reign, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne.

Episodes

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01Henry As Renaissance Prince2009042020100405

Lucy Wooding, lecturer in Early Modern History at King's College, London, goes behind the familiar grandiose image of Henry, revealing his fears about losing the throne.

Lucy Wooding, Lecturer in Early Modern History at King's College London, looks behind the trappings of power which Henry VIII exhibited in the splendour of his court, his vast building projects, his banquets and his jewels, and finds a man who felt his claim on the throne was tenuous and whose outward display hid these fears.

Presenter: Lucy Wooding

Producers: Neil Rosser

A LADBROKE RADIO PRODUCTION for BBC RADIO 3 (repeat).

Lucy Wooding goes behind Henry VIII's grand image, revealing fears about losing the throne.

02Henry Tudor And God20090421

Peter Marshall, professor of history at the University of Warwick, examines Henry's fickle and fragile relationship with God.

02Henry Tudor And God2009042720100406

Lucy Wooding, Lecturer in Early Modern History at King's College London, looks behind the trappings of power which Henry VIII exhibited in the splendour of his court, his vast building projects, his banquets and his jewels, and finds a man who felt his claim on the throne was tenuous and whose outward display hid these fears.

Presenter: Lucy Wooding

Producers: Neil Rosser

A LADBROKE RADIO PRODUCTION for BBC RADIO 3 (repeat).

Prof Peter Marshall examines Henry VIII's fickle and fragile relationship with God.

03Henry The Man O' War20090422

Travel writer Geoffrey Moorhouse examines some of the achievements that came from Henry's warfare, such as a coastal defence system, the founding of the Royal Navy and the first-ever environmental legislation to protect resources used in shipbuilding.

03Henry The Man O' War2009042820100407

Geoffrey Moorhouse, travel writer and historian, explores one of Henry VIII's lesser known achievements, the successful 'man of war', who increased his country's sea defences and effectively founded the Royal Navy.

Presenter: Geoffrey Moorhouse

Producers: Neil Rosser

A LADBROKE RADIO PRODUCTION for BBC RADIO 3 (repeat).

Geoffrey Moorhouse examines some of the achievements that resulted from Henry's warfare.

04Henry Viii And Drama20090423

Dr Tom Betteridge, reader in modern English literature at Oxford Brookes University, focuses on the various depictions of Henry in stage plays.

04Henry Viii And Drama2009042920100408

Dr Tom Betteridge, Reader in Early Modern English Literature at Oxford Brookes University, considers how Henry VIII provoked different responses from writers and commentators during his reign, dealing through their chosen metaphors with the issues of kingship.

Presenter: Dr Tom Betteridge

Producers: Neil Rosser

A LADBROKE RADIO PRODUCTION for BBC RADIO 3 (repeat).

Dr Tom Betteridge examines the various depictions of Henry VIII in stage plays.

05Henry - 153620090430
05 LASTHenry - 15362009042420100409

Suzannah Lipscomb, research curator at Hampton Court Palace, explains why the year 1536 was pivotal in the king's transformation in the public eye from a benign ruler to a tyrant.

Suzannah Lipscomb, Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace, focuses on one pivotal year in Henry's life - 1536.

It was a year of betrayal and injury, from a serious wound in a joust which influenced his health for the rest of his life, to the execution of Anne Boleyn for adultery, following her miscarriage and the death of the longed for male heir.

Henry ended the year a different and more dangerous man than he had begun it.

Presenter: Suzannah Lipscomb

Producers: Neil Rosser

A LADBROKE RADIO PRODUCTION for BBC RADIO 3 (repeat).

Suzannah Lipscomb on what happened to make the public see Henry as a tyrant.