Shakespeare Unbard, Episode 37: All is not neccessarily true when discussing Henry VIII


Just as King Lear isn't about King Lear and Julius Caesar isn't about Julius Caesar, Henry VIII isn't about Henry VIII. Its central figures are Wolsey and Katharine, each of whom emerge as the protagonists in what amounts to an uneven historical epic. In this episode of Shakespeare Unbard, Joel examines what makes this play so off-kilter.


In this episode you'll hear clips and excerpts from:

  • Arkangel Shakespeare. Henry VIII. Arkangel, 2014.
  • Shakespeare, William. Henry VIII. The Riverside Shakespeare, Houghton and Mifflin, 1974.

Films discussed:

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