The Absent King

S1, E2: The Absent King

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In 1536, Henry VIII had his second wife, Anne Boleyn, beheaded just three years after they were married. How did the once fun-loving prince evolve into a brutal king who would execute wives and anyone else who stood in his way? Join host Dr. Tracy Borman as she examines the early decades of the king’s reign and the rise of his tyrannical nature. She’ll reveal how his pursuit of pleasure over politics saw him entrust a huge amount of power to the men around him, which they used for their own personal gain.