It tells the story of the king's struggle to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled and the catastrophic fall of the all-powerful Cardinal Wolsey.
Henry VIII....Matthew Marsh
pipe and tabor played by bill tuck.
adapted for radio and directed by Jeremy Mortimer.
the murky world of tudor politics, religion and sex revealed in shakespeare's play
Lucie Skeaping presents a selection of secular music from the so-called Henry VIII Manuscript.
Henry VIII was one of the most remarkable and formidable English monarchs, but the portrayal of Henry as a cantankerous despot has outshone the image of the youthful Henry who was devoted to sports and the arts.
In his 20s and 30s, Henry penned several secular compositions, a variety of partsongs and consorts, 34 of which were compiled in the manuscript.
It also included works by several other musicians who passed through Henry's court, such as William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfax.