Henry VIII wanted Mary, Queen of Scots, to live in England and his men to run Scotland for her. He had proposed a marriage between Mary and his own son, Prince Edward, hoping to unite Scotland and England. However, Henry’s men made themselves very unpopular in Scotland, and under pressure from the French, the Scottish Parliament broke off the engagement. Henry declared war. His men burned Edinburgh, sacked the border abbeys and destroyed crops. The Scots called these attacks the ‘Rough Wooing’.

First broadcast:
25 January 2002

Students could use this clip as an opening for a task to write a letter to France on behalf of the Scottish Lords seeking support in the face of Henry's 'rough wooing'. This could be used to describe, explain and evaluate the actions of Henry VIII.