Six Wives, The Queens of Henry VIII: Dr David Starkey
No one in history had a more eventful career in matrimony than Henry VIII. His marriages were daring and tumultuous, and made instant legends of six very different women. In this fascinating talk, David Starkey argues that the king was not a depraved philanderer but someone seeking happiness -- and a son. Knowingly or not, he elevated a group of women to extraordinary heights and changed the way a nation was governed.
Six Wives intimately examines the rituals of diplomacy, marriage, pregnancy, and religion that were part of daily life for women at the Tudor Court. Weaving new facts and fresh interpretations into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry's six marriages, David Starkey reveals the central role that the queens played in determining policy. With an equally keen eye for romantic and political intrigue, he brilliantly recaptures the story of Henry's wives and the England they ruled.
Celebrated and controversial historian, social commentator and creator and presenter of TV programmes such as Channel 4's Monarchy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Churchills.
David Starkey is a regular debater on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze and a controversial contributor to BBC1's Question Time.
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