He was the second Tudor monarch and was well-known for having six wives. His break with the papacy in Rome established the Church of England and began the Reformation. After the death of his elder brother Arthur inHenry became heir to the English throne.
Everything he did was unjust, irresponsible or downright unnecessary especially the Divorce and the English Reformation. To quote from the dust jack, he was "not only a bad man, but also a bad ruler".
She had three sons who played a noteworthy party in history: It's understandable that people with a minimal grasp of the Tudor era might mix up these two families.
But we're dealing here with a published author. And he hasn't just confused them - he has compressed them into one family. This might be getting confusing, but those with a rudimentary knowledge of the Tudor nobility will know what I mean - two different families have been passed off as one, and a man who never married - Richard de la Pole - has been credited with being the father of his cousin Margaret Pole's children by Sir Richard Pole.
Even in the index, the Pole and de la Pole family members are all listed under 'Pole'. There is another familial mistake on p. There are more mistakes: He also states that Henry VIII "called for his will to be drafted in late December " when Henry had died in Januaryand that "he and Jane [Seymour] were betrothed and before a week had passed they were married.
Firstly, Henry and Jane were betrothed on 20 May and married on 30 May, which is not less than a week later. Secondly, I defy the author to produce a scrap of evidence that Henry VIII and Jane Seymour were intending to marry by late Novemberor that Henry took Jane seriously as a potential wife before Anne Boleyn's miscarriage on 29 Januaryafter which he began to court her seriously.
The author also makes statements about religion that seem a bit partisan for a book published as secular history, eg "Yet the long-term repercussions of Henry's folly were much greater still, for by yielding to the blandishments of the emperor, he had thus helped to plunge Europe into a major war at the very time when Christendom was threatened from within by Lutheran heresy and from without by the Turk" p.
These days, therefore, King Henry, the builder and creator, looks much more like King Henry the appetent bull in a china shop" p. That he should seek adultery was regrettable, but that he did not demand it would prove, in political terms, far more sinful still.
Then there are commonplace derogatory statements about Anne Boleyn: But the ladies awaiting her there sought new freedoms and displayed new audacities and though she would become, in due course, a committed advocate of the new religious thinking, she would also learn to shun austerity.
Indeed, while Anne Boleyn and her French counterparts were attending to their prayer books, they were no less keen to apply their thoughts to the altogether less edifying pages of Marguerite of Navarre's Heptameron.
And having fully gauged the ways of the world, they could titillate and captivate accordingly. So when eventually, in the early weeks ofMistress Boleyn was neatly installed in Queen Catherine's household, she was more than fully equipped to laugh and dance her way into England's history" pp.
With "cudgel bluntness" his term for Henry's treatment of Catherine of Aragon during their divorce the author also refers to "Anne Boleyn and her grasping tribe of relatives". He then moves on to an attempt to denigrate Anne Boleyn's ancestry that is laid on so thickly it is unprofessional.
The Boleyns are described as "far from inherently distinguished", as having "gained access to elite society through the back door", and are said to have been "stuck fast to their inauspicious bloodline" so that neither rank, estates nor money "could fully make good this sore deficiency".
Just in case this gratuitous snobbery and belittlement isn't enough, when Henry VIII enobles Anne as Marquess of Pembroke we are told he "was left with no choice but to conjure up two more notable ancestors for her - one a twelfth-century Norman lord, the other a fourteenth-century Picard" in the hope that they would "lend a sheen of sorts to the somewhat dowdy heraldic shield of the Boleyn family".
Anne Boleyn and the Boleyn Family - and revised his opinion. Ridgway makes a convincing case that the Boleyns really were descended from the Norman Counts of Bolougne, and records show a Simon de Boleyne, who appears to be the grandson of a man named Pharamus de Bolougne - of the same family as the Counts of Bolougne - to have held lands in Salle, Norfolk, close to Anne's childhood home of Blickling Hall, by the thirteenth century.
A record that, some people might think, makes the Boleyns and even the Tudors look rather respectable. You can probably guess whose side the author is on in the divorce - and it's not that of Henry VIII, who "flailed with knuckledusters" and "was determined to challenge his wife's honesty, to lecture the doctors of the Church on divinity and bible exegesis, and to tell the pope his job" p.
How dared Henry VIII, a mere sixteenth century absolute hereditary monarch, consider himself the equal of such people.May 30, · Watch video · Henry VIII: Early Life Henry was born January 28, , the second son of Henry VII, the first English ruler from the House of Tudor.
While his older brother Arthur was being prepared for the throne, Henry was steered toward a church career, with a broad education in theology, music, languages, poetry and sports. Henry VIII: The Life and Rule of England's Nero that Henry VIII Was a Very Bad King. Everything he did was unjust, irresponsible or downright unnecessary (especially the Divorce and the English Reformation).
To quote from the dust jack, he was "not only a bad man, but also a bad ruler". KING HENRY VIII of England and Ireland, the third child and second son of Henry VII. and Elizabeth of York, was born on the 28th of June and, like all the Tudor monarchs except Henry VII, at Greenwich Palace.
Henry VIII, (born June 28, , Greenwich, near London, England—died January 28, , London), king of England (–47) who presided over the beginnings of the English Renaissance and the English Reformation. Henry VII (Welsh: Harri Tudur; 28 January – 21 April ) was the King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizure of the crown on 22 August to his death on 21 April He was the first monarch of the House of Tudor..
Henry attained the throne when his forces defeated King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the culmination of the Wars of the Roses.
He began life as a second son, destined for the church. It was the dream of Henry VII for his eldest son, Arthur, to be king and for his second son, Henry, to be the highest churchman in England.