The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Season 1 Episode 2

Anne Boleyn

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Aired Unknown Jan 08, 1970 on BBC Two
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This second episode of the series overlaps with the first, and thus begins when Queen Anne and King Henry are already estranged. After several pregnancies, Anne has provided her husband with only one surviving child, Princess Elizabeth. Extremely unpopular with both the public and the aristocracy, Anne has few friends to protect her when Henry's eye lights upon the virginal Jane Seymour. New prime minister Thomas Cromwell manufactures adultery charges against the queen, including a charge of incest with her own brother which are confirmed by her vengeful sister-in-law, Lady Rochford. Put on trial for treason, the result is a foregone conclusion and Anne Boleyn bravely faces the executioner's axe.moreless

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Dorothy Tutin

Dorothy Tutin

Anne Boleyn

Guest Star

Anne Stallybrass

Anne Stallybrass

Jane Seymour

Guest Star

Jonathan Newth

Jonathan Newth

George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford

Guest Star

Wolfe Morris

Wolfe Morris

Thomas Cromwell

Recurring Role

Bernard Hepton

Bernard Hepton

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Recurring Role

Sheila Burrell

Sheila Burrell

Lady Rochford

Recurring Role

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    • Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, was married to Anne Boleyn's brother, George, and provided evidence against both that lead to them being executed on charges of adultery, incest, and treason. She later became chief attendant to the fifth wife of Henry VIII, Catherine Howard. Accused on complicity in Catherine's affair with one Thomas Culpeper, Lady Rochford ended up going to the block in the Tower of London on the same day as Queen Catherine but not after feigning insanity in order to try and avoid execution.

    • Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the period in which the series is set, would later meet a more grisly fate than the one suffered by Anne Boleyn. Condemned as a heretic by Queen Mary (the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon) during her attempt to re-establish Roman Catholicism in England, Cranmer was burned to death at the stake in 1556.

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