Kimbolton Castle to Star on Screen
Kimbolton Castle to feature in new BBC One show, Six Wives with Lucy Worsley
Kimbolton Castle is set to star in a new BBC One show, Six Wives with Lucy Worsley – a dramatic documentary series in which the historian ‘time travels’ to the Tudor Court to witness key events in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives. (Our Facebook followers will remember we welcomed the film crew, including Katie Greening (OK 04), to Kimbolton back in June.)
Combining drama with contemporary historical comment, the three-part series sees Worsley dress as a servant to appear in dramatic scenes starring Henry, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. In each episode she will delve into records of private moments and personal feelings in the women's lives, that ended up shaping the course of history. While the Tudor Court was a world run by men and the King had ultimate power, each Queen found her own unique methods of exerting influence – and it is these women’s stories that Lucy wants to uncover.
As many of our pupils know, Katherine arrived at Kimbolton in May 1534 after her divorce from Henry VIII (the focus of Episode 2). She spent the last months of her life as a semi-prisoner in her rooms in the south-west corner of the Castle, attended by a few loyal servants. When she died in January 1536, probably from cancer, her body was carried in procession to the Abbey (now Cathedral) at Peterborough for burial.
Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, Ep 1/3, Wednesday 7 December, 9.00pm-10.00pm, BBC1.
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