I have just watched this extraordinary documentary on DVD -It is (as you may have guessed) an account of the love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. It is presented by historian, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, and is not the usual 'historical Mills & Boon' type of thing at all - but is based on documentary evidence. Dr Lipscomb visits the places where Anne and Henry lived and shows us parts which, perhaps, are not open to the public. She travelled to france - to the amazing palace of Queen Claude and Francis I, and spoke to historians about life at the french court at the time Anne was educated there. - which was not, apparently, as licentious as novelists/film makers would have us believe.
Dr Lipscomb also takes us to the National Archives looks at the passionate love letters, written transcripts of Anne's trial - even an eye-witness account of her last words on the day of her execution. I had not realised it was customary for a scribe to be present at important executions for this very purpose. Also in the NA was a 'Book of Hours' beautifully illustrated - used by both Anne and Henry - as their handwritten love notes in the margins show. Imagine being able to look at/handle something that belonged to two such influential characters from the past! It is a truly remarkable documentary - for anyone interested in Tudor history anyway.
The most remarkable thing being - in the credits - ti was filmed, produced and directed by ...
Chris Mitchell !!
Thanks Chris - and well done - it is brilliant!