Lives, loves and scandals - this new and exclusive three-part series takes an intimate look behind the closed doors of one of the most celebrated royal dynasties in British constitutional history.
Based on a book by Tracy Borman and presented by Tracy, the series is packed with atmospheric reconstructions bringing to life history's enduring personalities, including Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, and the age in which they lived. From known historical scandal, to the minute details of Tudor habits and rituals, this series is entirely dedicated to revealing the 'private' aspects of life at court.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Private Lifes of the Tudors - Henry VII of England - Netflix
Henry VII (Welsh: Harri Tudur; 28 January 1457 – 21 April 1509) was the King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizure of the crown on 22 August 1485 to his death on 21 April 1509. He was the first monarch of the House of Tudor. Henry attained the throne when his forces defeated King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the culmination of the Wars of the Roses. He was the last king of England to win his throne on the field of battle. He cemented his claim by marrying Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and niece of Richard III. Henry was successful in restoring the power and stability of the English monarchy after the civil war. His supportive stance of the British Isles' wool industry and his standoff with the Low Countries had long lasting benefits to all of the British economy. However, the capriciousness and lack of due process that indebted many would tarnish his legacy and were soon ended upon Henry VII's death, after a commission revealed widespread abuses. According to the contemporary historian Polydore Vergil, simple “greed” underscored the means by which royal control was over-asserted in Henry's final years. Henry can be credited with a number of administrative, economic and diplomatic initiatives. He paid very close attention to detail, and instead of spending lavishly he concentrated on raising new revenues and after a reign of nearly 24 years, he was peacefully succeeded by his son, Henry VIII. The new taxes were unpopular and two days after his coronation, Henry VIII arrested his father's two most unpopular ministers, Sir Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley. They were charged with high treason and were executed in 1510.
The Private Lifes of the Tudors - Appearance and character - Netflix
Henry is the first English king of whose appearance we have good contemporary visual records in realistic portraits that are relatively free of idealization. At 27, he was tall, slender, with small blue eyes, which were said to have a noticeable animation of expression, and noticeably bad teeth in a long, sallow face beneath very fair hair. Amiable and high-spirited, Henry was friendly if dignified in manner, and it was clear to everyone that he was extremely intelligent. His biographer, Professor Chrimes, credits him – even before he had become king – with “a high degree of personal magnetism, ability to inspire confidence, and a growing reputation for shrewd decisiveness”. On the debit side, he may have looked a little delicate as he suffered from poor health.
The Private Lifes of the Tudors - References - Netflix