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BBC Radio 3 "The Essay" - "Henry VIII King Of Kings"


Henry VIII King Of Kings
Series exploring key areas of Henry VIII's reign, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary in 2009 of his accession to the throne.
1. Henry As Renaissance Prince - Lucy Wooding
Henry's fears for his throne.
Lucy Wooding, lecturer in Early Modern History at King's College, London, goes behind the familiar grandiose image of Henry, revealing his fears about losing the throne.
2. Henry Tudor & God - Peter Marshall
Henry's fickle relationship with god.
Peter Marshall, professor of history at the University of Warwick, examines Henry's fickle and fragile relationship with God.
3. Henry The Man O' War - Geoffrey Moorhouse
Henry's nautical achivements & environmental laws.
Travel writer Geoffrey Moorhouse examines some of the achievements that came from Henry's warfare, such as a coastal defence system, the founding of the Royal Navy and the first-ever environmental legislation to protect resources used in shipbuilding.
4. Henry & Drama - Dr Tom Betteridge
Stage depictions of Henry. Series detailing key aspects of Henry VIII's 38-year reign.
Dr Tom Betteridge, reader in modern English literature at Oxford Brookes University, focuses on the various depictions of Henry in stage plays.
5. Henry, 1536 - Suzannah Lipscomb
Henry's transaformation from benign despot to crude tyrant.
Suzannah Lipscomb, research curator at Hampton Court Palace, explains why the year 1536 was pivotal in the king's transformation in the public eye from a benign ruler to a tyrant.

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