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‘A Great Guy with His Chopper’?: The Sex Life of Henry VIII on Screen and in the Flesh

GREG WALKER

in Tudorism

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264942
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.003.0012

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘A Great Guy with His Chopper’?: The Sex Life of Henry VIII on Screen and in the Flesh

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This chapter analyzes how the cinema and television have rendered Henry VIII. It considers films such as The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), and television shows such as The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Tudors. It suggests that Henry has generally been the protagonist in the dramas in which he has appeared, and it has been his experiences and his emotional journey, that are spectators' principal concern.

Keywords: Henry VIII; television; films; The Tudors; Anne of the Thousand Days; The Private Life of Henry VIII; The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Chapter.  8966 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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