Today I am featuring a list of Tudor Documentaries available on YouTube. This by no means is a comprehensive list of what is available.
This would be a good start for research or to show in a class while there is a substitute teacher in the room. Some of these videos have worksheets with them.
Each documentary has a link to the episode on YouTube or an Amazon Link.
The Winter King - YouTube
Henry Tudor took the throne of England on the Battle of Botsworth. The narrator covers his reign and how he tried to have complete control of England.
Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
David Starkey discusses the mind of Henry VIII, what made him the man he was. Starkey starts with Henry's childhood and how his mother impacted his views. Then goes into the impact of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon had on his life and the impact the divorce had on his mental state. Actors play the roles of the people in Henry VIII's life.
Anne Boleyn Files - YouTube
Claire Ridgeway posts daily content on the Tudor Period, if you have a question about the Tudor Period then this is the page to get your questions answered. If you need a filler for a lecture or a writing prompt this would be an excellent source to use.
The Last Days of Anne Boleyn: YouTube
Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII was executed at the tower. This is the story of her final days and what lead up to the execution.
Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home: YouTube
Suzannah Lipscomb explores the hidden killers of the Tudor home. She explores the garden, the impact of sugar, and a common cause of death.
The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Tracey Borman, traces the last 72 hours of Anne Boleyn's life. She looks at why she fell and why Henry VIII replaced her with Jane Seymour.
*Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Historians take a look at King Henry VIII, they look at him as a monarch, man and monster and how he became the man he became.
Six Wives of Henry VIII
David Starkey narrates this series on the Six Wives of Henry VIII. He covers the marriage of Catherine of Aragon and what lead to the divorce. The the marriage with Jane Seymour. What lead to the marriage to Anne of Cleves, the break up of that marriage. This was the first time I learned that Anne of Cleves was rejected because she didn't recognize Henry III and not because she was ugly.
Six Queens of Henry VIII - Amazon
Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones narrate this docu-drama about the six wives of Henry VIII. They cover the six wives of Henry VIII over four episodes.
Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History - Episode 1 Episode 2
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are two highly controversial historical figures. In this documentary, Suzannah Lipscomb explores their story from the start of their relationship to the finale.
King Edward, Lady Jane, and Queen Mary
The Boy King: Edward VI: YouTube
David Starkey narrates this documentary on Henry VIII's only surviving son King Edward VI, and how England would have been very different if he survived and had a child. He has the
*England's Forgotten Queen: Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Helen Castor explores the life and death of Lady Jane Grey, the nine-days queen of England. She was the first woman to be proclaimed Queen of England and one of the more controversial characters in Tudor History. She goes into each day of her reign and the activities that happened on that day.
The Origins of Bloody Mary - YouTube
David Starkey explores the story of Queen Mary I from her childhood, the struggles with her father and how she survived to become Queen. He goes into details on how she ruled England and concludes with her death.
Queen Elizabeth I
Tale of Two Sisters - YouTube
Historians explore the relationship between Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. They were sisters, they were both rivals for the English throne and they became enemies.
Elizabeth I - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
David Starkey narrates the story of Elizabeth, from her growing up years, her time under the reign of Mary I, the start of her reign as well as her avoiding the issue of marriage. He covers the the rebellions, the religious settlement, as well as the Spanish Armada.
Elizabeth I - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Suzannah Lipscomb narrates this docu-drama on Elizabeth I from her growing up in Catherine Parr's household to her arrest to her become Queen. Then she covers the events of Queen Elizabeth's reign.
Abducted: Elizabeth I's Child Actors - YouTube
A surprising documentary on the child actors that performed in Elizabeth I's theaters in England. Many child actors were kidnapped off the streets.
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