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Henry VIII – Family Man?

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The Oxford University Press asks, “was Henry VIII a “family man” so to speak?”

The notion seems vaguely ridiculous; by 1547, the philandering English monarch had laid claim to six wives, two of which he had executed, including the infamously-beheaded Anne Boleyn. However, King Henry’s children were perhaps among his most prized possessions, comprising the centerpiece of his direct succession program, through which he sought to preserve his dynasty. Here, John Guy, author of The Children of Henry VIII, revisits the unique relationship between this sixteenth century ruler and Mary I, Henry FitzRoy, Elizabeth I, and Edward VI, all of whom were envisioned to play a critical role in protecting their father’s legacy.

Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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