This post also includes notes to some of the front material, too.
Tag: Henry VIII
“In Defence of Thomas More”: A Rebuttal
A friend sent me a recent(ish) article from the Times Literary Supplement titled, "In defence of Thomas More." My quick answer is: that guy doesn't need a defense. But I put a little more work into it, and that's what follows. It's long, by the way, for those who like a warning.
Wolf Hall Behind the Scenes: The King’s Great Matter and the Jews
A look at Henry's attempt to get rabbis to sign off on his annulment, the Torah passages used, and if it worked. (It didn't.)
Discussion Playback: Part V
Anne is ::finally:: crowned, so everything is going to go perfectly from here out. We wonder what kind of moral animal Cromwell is. And it's hard out there for a Holy Maid.
Mike’s Marginalia for Part IV
she [Mary] hints, in Castilian, that it is her women's disorder From about the age of 15 on, Mary Tudor (Katherine's daughter with Henry; later to be Bloody Mary or Mary I) suffered from irregular periods (and there are a LOT of factors that could have encouraged this, like stress, for example). She eventually dies… Continue reading Mike’s Marginalia for Part IV
Discussion Playback: Part IV
Joan Boughton breaks our heart. We see under Cromwell's mask a little. Henry Percy is a punk-ass. And what do we expect from a person born entirely into the most privileged family and place?
Discussion Playback: Part II
Another look inside Wolf Hall with a bunch of people I just love the stuffing out of.
[* High school is never the best time of your life and if you are living a life where that seems to be the case -- where you think you can make a legitimate, stickable argument, you are wrong but I love you high school was terrible.]
Heatwaves in England Reveal…Things?
If it's too hot at a family picnic, terrible secrets will come out, crabbily. If it's too hot in England, you find the remains of some lovely secret gardens.
Hypnotism, Health, And You
Please take some time and tell me what you would do to act like Henry VIII. Mine is "injure myself doing something dumb and then getting some kind of syphilis, so find another way.