Currently Selected: 16th Century Women on Film
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Two sisters, egged on by their father and scheming uncle, vie for Henry VIII's eye; one would become his mistress and one his second wife, one would be executed and one would live to a ripe middle-age. Intrigue, betrayal, incest and homosexuality are thrown in - this is history as soap opera and middle brow melodrama based round a best-selling novel rather than historical fact. There's no sex, no dirt, little of the real politics of the time, but the costumes are sumptuous and the film pretty. find out more...