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CLIP 8969

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (pt 2/2)

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (pt 2/2)

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Key Info
  • Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (pt 2/2)
  • Duration: 02:31
  • A portrait of Anne Boleyn comes to life in a gallery and continues to tell her story to the night time security guard. Her marriage to Henry VIII was met with mixed reception. The Pope had banned Henry from his Roman Church but Anne Boleyn was right behind Henry’s new Church of England and was known as a reformist. Anne gave birth to a daughter who was called Elizabeth, later to be called Queen Elizabeth I. Henry still wanted a son, and despite the fact that there were many more pregnancies none of the children survived. Henry was not happy. Henry VIII's problem solver, Thomas Cromwell, believed that Henry should get rid of Anne Boleyn but warned that a second divorce would be unwise. Anne Boleyn had been faithful to King Henry but Cromwell was not going to let the truth get in the way of a good story. In May 1536 Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Five men, including her brother, were accused of being her boyfriends and they were executed. After just three years of marriage Anne Boleyn was tried and found guilty of adultery. She was given the choice of being burned or beheaded. She chose to be beheaded.
  • Subject:



    Tudors: Monarchs

  • Keywords: Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Pope, Church of England, Thomas Cromwell, Tower of London, beheaded
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 is a good starting point for learning more about Henry VIII.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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