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Duration 29:38

Henry VIII: Dynasty and power in Tudor England

Henry VIII is one of the best-known monarchs in history. By the time Henry reached his early thirties, he had realised that his search for glory would fail unless he secured the future of his dynasty. Henry VIII was 34 in 1526, and his only legitimate heir was the Princess Mary:  the situation needed remedying. Sean Cunningham looks at the events after 1526, and Henry’s quest for an heir.