1. Suzie Abrams

    We still need to keep in mind that the “War of the roses” was not too distant in the past. The country couldn’t cope with that level of instability again. England had been stable and prosperous under the rule of HenryVII. Henry VIII had to have a son.
    I am interested in the implications that HenryVIII leg injury may have had on his behaviour as it appears that after this time he went off the rails so to speak or was it perhaps that in his need for a son to succeed his behaviour reflects his obsession?

  2. Robyn News

    Cannot judge historical actions by todays standards. The mind set of such “all powerful” people, their upbringing and the standards of behaviour accepted are unique to their times

    • Carole Shirreffs

      You are so right. The Tudor history is fascinating. I have read a number of books regarding their life, loves, triumphs and failures.

    • Carole Shirreffs

      As an afterthought, Edmund Dudley was also the grandfather of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, is an ancestor of mine.

  3. Jane Pyne

    He was no worse or no better than many others of that time who ruled with fear and the gallows or fire. If not they could easily be toppled from the throne or their rule of the country. His daughter Mary burned so many in the name of religion backed by her husband Philip of Spain that she is known as Bloody Mary
    Are we any different today? No. Except its not the monarchy that rules, its politicians and fanatics making absolute ridiculous decisions. WMD was the worst reason to invade Iraq. Give me Henry any day over the man that still manages to avoid treason and makes money. Whilst families greave for their lost sons a daughters sent to war for nothing. Love the Tudor’s and Henry. He has given us plenty to talk about. I respect your reply and I would love him to see what we have accomplished since he ruled but he had to have a son as they were ones to rule otherwise his family lost the throne. But history showed differently that women were as strong. What a difficult decision for Elizabeth not to marry as she would lose control of the throne to her husband. By making the decision she did lose the throne to the Stuarts. Thank you for the article, very interesting.

  4. Memarge

    My stars, that Henry was a horrid person! I hope he is aware of all the wrong he did in his lifetime. I’d loooove to show him the scientific proof that the male determines the sex of the child and then kick him right in the family jewels!!!!!

    • Pam Haynes

      How True! He was selfish & wanted who he wanted & what he wanted. Lot of people died due to the religion issues; because he wanted to marry Anne Boleyn. then, onward to Jane Seymour!! Joke was on him; Queen Elizabeth I–Ha.

    • Carole Shirreffs

      Henry VIII was a product of his times. Horrid yes but very intelligent and ruthless. Excellent book. The Autobiography of Henry VIII.

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