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CLIP 8967

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (pt 1/2)

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (pt 1/2)
Key Info
  • Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (pt 1/2)
  • Duration: 02:34
  • A portrait of Anne Boleyn comes to life in a gallery and talks to the night time security guard about her life. Anne Boleyn was the daughter of the Earl of Wiltshire. She was born in Kent but her father sent her to the French court to learn the ways of royalty. Anne was feisty and as a result of her time in France she became musical, a wonderful dancer and very popular. During the winter of 1521 Anne joined Henry’s court. Henry fell in love with her but he was a married man and the Roman Catholic Church would not give him a divorce. Henry wanted a new wife so that she could give him a son and heir to the throne. Anne Boleyn was lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon. She knew it would take some time for Henry to secure a divorce so she kept Henry interested with her love letters. Anne Boleyn waited six years for Henry to work out how to divorce Catherine. The Roman Catholic Church had refused to let him divorce, so Henry set up his own church which said he could be divorced. Finally he was free to marry Anne Boleyn.
  • Subject:



    Tudors: Monarchs

  • Keywords: Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Earl of Wiltshire, nobleman, Lord Henry Percy, Roman Catholic church, divorce, lady in waiting
Ideas for use in class
  • When learning about the Tudors, this clip helps tell history from the perspective of Anne Boleyn. It would be great to support and stimulate cross-curricular learning such as characterisation in written English and in drama. Good links could be made between art and historical portraits and what they can tell us about history. This clip would also be a good starting point for learning more about Henry VIII.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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