National Geographic - The Madness of Henry the VIII
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Personally, I've watched this dvd several times. This tops my favs. along with the History Channel's "The French Revolution" (both French and American historians were interviewed...hope no one finds out ;) )
Like I said, the story was pretty accurate, I have read many books on the subject. The tension between Boleyn and Wolsey was depicted very well. The only problem I have is the fact that they spent so much time on Katherine and how Henry was scheming to get rid of her that even the conflict with Ann (by far the most exciting) took a back seat, and his last four wives were crammed into about 30 minutes. Either the part with Katherine should have been shorter or the documentary should have been longer.
Just one American's opinion,
The reviewer before me who said this documentary is "flashy" was spot on. The producers seemed to be too concerned with making it over-dramatic than informative. But I think what was worst about the documentary is that there were no well-known, respected TUDOR historians doing the commentary (not even the prominent American Tudor historian, Retha Warnicke). I don't count someone who wrote a book called "Sex with Kings" as an authority on the subject. I could maybe overlook this if these so-called "historians" even got the facts right. I think I turned it off shortly after two of them talked about the fact that Henry made Wolsey break up Anne Boleyn's engagement to "her true love" Henry Percy because Henry VIII wanted Anne for himself. They fail to mention the fact that this engagement was made in secret between Anne and Percy, much to the embarrassment of their families--rather, these "historians" act as if this was a planned betrothal. They also fail to mention that the reason the marriage was broken off was because Percy was already promised to Mary Talbot, and Anne was not highly ranked enough to marry a future Earl. I can only assume that the "historians" made this mistake because it dramatized the story even more.
To sum up, the documentary is inaccurate and over-dramatic.
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