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Henry VIII (28 June 149128 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland, later King of Ireland, from 22 April 1509 until his death. Henry was then the second monarch of the House of Tudor, succeeding his father, Henry VII. Henry VIII is infamous for having been married six times. He wielded perhaps the most unfettered power of any English monarch, and brought about the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the union of England and Wales. He also introduced Protestantism to England.

The National archives Podcast

Henry VIII: dynasty and power in tudor England - An introduction to the documents of Henry VIII's reign through the story of his struggles to secure personal power, to make the right marriage, and to pass the crown to a male heir.



British History 101 

Henry VIII (part 1) - part two has yet to be broadcast, but you might want to check and see.

BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour

Henry VIII and his six wives  (ram) - Nowadays we don't have too many of them, but in Tudor times, there was certainly no shortage of royal weddings. Henry VIII had six wives, and his fourth and fifth are the focus of the latest historical novel by Philippa Gregory. The story of their relationships is told from the perspectives of Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard and also from the view of a less familiar character, Jane Boleyn. She was lady in waiting to both and would become a Tudor byword for treachery. 

Holbein: the Tudor Spin Doctor

a documentary about the artist who drew the offical paintings of the Tudors, including Henry viii. (video) His painting is the one seen on the right.


History according to Bob

Boiling Mad Henry  - no longer available for free.