Henry VIII - Inside the Mind of a Tyrant - Ep1. Prince - Supporting Worksheet
Written to support the David Starkey documentary as enrichment for able GCSE 9-1 students or A level teaching support. Comprehension and extension questions are provided to follow the programme and support information collection. The resource provides a summary of the documentary and its contents.
Written in Publisher to A3 formatting, but can be amended and saved as a PDF for A4 printing
David Starkey follows the dramatic events of Henry's childhood, events that shaped his personality and his attitude to kingship. In 1485, on the field at Bosworth, Henry's father, Henry Tudor, seized the crown from the defeated Yorkist king Richard III. To us, this event marks the end of the Wars of the Roses but to contemporaries it was not clear that this bitter dynastic struggle was truly over. Henry, Tudor's second son, was created Duke of York to link the royal house to the defeated faction. But Henry had a rival in the shape of Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be the real Duke of York and rightful king. Henry Tudor would have to defend his throne twice in battle, and his son's life depended on the outcome. The death of his brother Arthur made Henry Prince of Wales, and his father's heir and rival.