Sunday, October 9, 2016

Henry VIII

Henry VIII, the second Tudor King, was a charismatic man, he affirmed and believed in an idea of the divine right of Kings, he reckoned he should also have been king of France, he put himself at the head of the Church of the Island Nation, he made a habit of accusing his closest advisors and some of his wives of treason, then executing them, he was always up to his neck in debt, he was very popular with the common people and he had no luck producing a male heir.

 His own vision was such that he had difficulty controlling his impulses. The road map for him was how best to suit his own interests, and confident he was in his ability to be correct despite a great many arguments to the contrary. Unintended consequences of his rule included a long reformation of ideas, some of them good, some of them not so good.  Henry VIII liked his food, he liked his stuff, and in the end he probably died of obesity. My own personal view of the Second Tudor king is that he was totally out of control and he reminds me of someone.

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