Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

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Historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb unfolds the extraordinary story of the tumultuous love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Using first-hand accounts from the time and visiting the places where Henry and Anne lived, the series delves into the passionate and volatile relationship that sent a queen to her death, amputated England from Europe, and led to hundreds of years of religious conflict.
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Suzannah Lipscomb
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Part One
    February 24, 2014
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb unfolds the extraordinary story of the tumultuous love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Using first-hand accounts from the time and visiting the places where Henry and Anne lived, the series delves into the passionate and volatile relationship that sent a queen to her death, amputated England from Europe, and led to hundreds of years of religious conflict.
  2. 2. Part Two
    February 24, 2014
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb unfolds the extraordinary story of the tumultuous love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Using first-hand accounts from the time and visiting the places where Henry and Anne lived, the series delves into the passionate and volatile relationship that sent a queen to her death, amputated England from Europe, and led to hundreds of years of religious conflict.

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Directors
Chris Mitchell
Producers
Bill LockeChris Mitchell
Season year
2014
Network
PBS
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Mrs. Beasley Say's:Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsRather than tell you about things, this documentary shows you!
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Romantic and informative: I love period pieces and I am obsessed with Tudor and Stewart/Stuart Era. The difference between this and the other things I have watched and read is this shows you actual items like a book Ann and Henry wrote back and forth love notes to each other. Shows you an actual letter Henry wrote to Ann.
Where Ann grew up, she was not poor at all and her family castle is amazing.
Rather than tell you about things, this documentary shows you!
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It does tell the story as well but with more than words and for me that is worth more than words!
5 stars
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KerrabellaReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsDelightful and Informative Documentary on Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
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We watched both episodes of Henry and Anne last night. The program was very informative, excellently produced, and very enjoyable. We knew only the very basics of this couple in England's history, so we learned a lot from the program. Anne's upbringing was interesting and unexpected, Henry's younger days was interesting, and the details of their courtship was unexpected. Being able to take a peek at the state of the world, politics, and relationships in the early 1500s was fascinating. Historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb was a delight to watch and listen to, and the script was outstanding. Her enthusiasm for a topic she obviously loves was contagious, and we were impressed by her attempts to arrive at possible conclusions using logic. What also made this documentary unique was her traveling to the various locations and venues in which certain events unfolded as she discussed them, and we also liked being able to see some of Anne Boleyn's personal possessions. Bravo Dr. Lipscomb for a job well done. Please make some more documentaries! We highly recommend this program for laypersons who want a detailed and thoroughly enjoyable glimpse of a most interesting period in British history.
8 people found this helpful
Karen WeismanReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsI ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS DOCUMENTARY!!!!!
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I would definitely recommend this to everyone. A lot of people have heard of King Henry VIII & Anne Boylen.
The video gave aliot of in depth information.. It took you back in time . When she (Suzanne L. - narrator ) went to the places where history occurred, I felt like I was there. Especially, when she held a book that Anne Boylen used, I got goosebumps.. You have to watch it!!!

-K- W.
Dania Beach, FL.
4 people found this helpful
DiabloReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsYeah, it's pretty damned good. Just watch it and you be the judge; because that's all that matters.
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All of these self-styled critics who feel, (as opposed to think), that what they have to ramble on about is of any consequence. It's not. Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb did a great job in blending a little drama with history. This presentation is probably not a must-see, but you will enjoy it, and Dr. Lipscomb's efforts should be applauded. Enough said!
5 people found this helpful
lawyeraauReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsLOVE GONE WRONG...
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I am very interested in Tudor History. So, when I saw this PBS documentary on King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, I was intrigued. This documentary is written and narrated by historian Dr. Susannah Lipscomb. Clearly, she is passionate about Tudor history. I found her narration, coupled with the reenactments, to be of some interest, as well as entertaining.

There were also two illuminated books that were intriguing. In one both Henry VIII and Anne had each inscribed something that had meaning for the other, given where in the book it had been inscribed. Another book, which had belonged to Anne, had a cryptic inscription by her, which Dr. Lipscomb discusses. Both these books were purported to be the originals, yet Dr. Lipscomb is handling them without gloves, which I found surprising.

At times during the documentary, I felt that Dr. Lipscomb acted as if she were the one being showcased, rather than her subjects. Then at other times, she seemed totally focused on and passionate about them. Her enthusiasm was definitely infectious. Still, other than those intriguing notations in the illuminated books, there was nothing really new that was offered by this documentary. It was, however, interesting to see parts of Hampton Court, one of the few Tudor palaces that have survived, as well as Hever Castle, the Boleyn family seat, where Anne had lived for a time. Overall, I enjoyed this handsome documentary.
5 people found this helpful
Joyce spauldingReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starstech problems
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This video does not play correctly.......episode 1 starts midway through it and episode 2 merely repeats episode 1. And, since I started playing it you can't get a refund. Lame.
AdrieanneReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsHistorical favorite
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Favorite time in history . It gave a good representation of the time.
S.B.Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsjust tearing through the pages like overzealous children on the way to making their point
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I can't believe the disrespectful way they treated the rare, archival material that was referenced. No gloves, just tearing through the pages like overzealous children on the way to making their point.
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