Henry VIII is a historical drama about the life of the eponymous English king. It covers his turbulent early marriages, the rebellious ambitions of his noblemen, and the scheming designs of his advisor Cardinal Wolsey. The play chronicles the early periods of Henry's rule, concluding with the birth of Queen Elizabeth I. It deals with Henry as a primarily heroic figure, though it does criticize his marital practices and dependence on courtiers.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a historical text documenting the English King's marriages and their impact on British culture and on the European world of the post-Medieval period. Each period of Henry's marriage alliances is covered in detail, starting with his formative marriage to Katherine of Aragon and moving through his series of divorces and annulments. The book also concerns itself with the formation of the Anglican Church after Henry's estrangement from Catholicism.