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Bloody Tales of the Tower

  • 2012
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb and journalist Joe Crowley use original historical sources and dramatic reconstructions to investigate the secret history of the Tower of London.

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Episode 3: Deadly Love

Summary

Suzannah Lipscomb and Joe Crowley examine the evidence and report on the intrigues that led to three royal deaths, detailing the sometimes salacious accusations levelled at Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Arabella Seymour. Henry VIII's chief minister Thomas Cromwell informed the monarch of gossip about Anne and court musician Mark Smeaton, but allegations at her public trial included adultery with five men, incest with her brother George and treason. Rumours of relationships with distant cousin Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper led to Catherine Howard's execution, while Lady Arabella, a serious threat to the ruling Stuart dynasty, is thought to have committed suicide against a backdrop of a cross-dressing noblewoman and two escapes from the Tower

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PresenterSuzannah Lipscomb
PresenterJoe Crowley
DirectorLuke McLaughlin
ProducerLuke McLaughlin
DirectorMark Bridge
ProducerMark Bridge
Series producerNacressa Swan
Executive producerGlyn Middleton

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  • Summary

    Suzannah Lipscomb and Joe Crowley examine the evidence and report on the intrigues that led to three royal deaths, detailing the sometimes salacious accusations levelled at Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Arabella Seymour. Henry VIII's chief minister Thomas Cromwell informed the monarch of gossip about Anne and court musician Mark Smeaton, but allegations at her public trial included adultery with five men, incest with her brother George and treason. Rumours of relationships with distant cousin Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper led to Catherine Howard's execution, while Lady Arabella, a serious threat to the ruling Stuart dynasty, is thought to have committed suicide against a backdrop of a cross-dressing noblewoman and two escapes from the Tower

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterSuzannah Lipscomb
    PresenterJoe Crowley
    DirectorLuke McLaughlin
    ProducerLuke McLaughlin
    DirectorMark Bridge
    ProducerMark Bridge
    Series producerNacressa Swan
    Executive producerGlyn Middleton
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