Six Queens on Screen: The Private Life of Henry VIII

Six Queens

To celebrate the holiday season, Kate and Cally get cozy with a black-and-white classic: The Private Life of Henry VIII, made in 1933. It’s the first “talkie” film featuring the Tudor period and our queens, telling the story of Henry VIII’s quest to find “the perfect wife.”

How did the on-screen portrayals of our queens meet expectations? What was surprising? Do all the familiar dramatic tropes apply to such an old film? And what were the small details that really brought the Tudor court to life?

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