Henry's motives for breaking with Rome are examined. Essentially, these centered on his need for a male heir. This meant taking a new wife, which the Pope refused to accept, so Henry made himself head of the Church of England. The clip then describes how Henry secured his new position by a combination of new laws and executing opponents. The impact of this change on ordinary people is also discussed.

This clip is from:
Reformation
First broadcast:
6 December 2007

Students could make a list of as many reasons that they can find for the break with Rome and then the students could hot seat King Henry VIII and ask him questions about why he wanted to break with Rome.