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If you could go back in time for one weekend in King Henry's court who would you be?
January 3, 2011
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cwen
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I would love to have been Will Somers, Henry's fool.  Not that I consider myself one – only that Will was the only one with whom

Henry would speak plainly.  To be that close and be able to have such a conversation would be priceless.

January 3, 2011
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Being Will Somers would have been an intersting position to be in and having intimate knowledge of the King's inner sanctum.

I would want to be someone ineffectual and unnoticed. A person who has the ability to weave through the levels of Henry's court, to meet famous (or infamous) members of the aristocracy, and to come face-to-face with Anne and Henry.

The main stipulation for me would be able to come back to the present era. As much as I love Tudor history, I am not sure how long I could go without my favourite modern amentites.

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January 3, 2011
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Ooh, being Will Somers is an interesting, good choice. I think I'd most like to be a lady for the Queen though at Court (preferably Anne of course…).

"Grumble all you like, this is how it's going to be"

March 5, 2011
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Probably Thomas Moore as I admire his intellect, what a character he must have been.
I think his knowledge and foresight was way ahead of his time, what conversations he must have had. His resolve and character truly shone through those times.

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March 7, 2011
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As long as we come back with our heads attached, I think I might go with Jane Boleyn during the trial of Anne and George.  I would really like to know what was going on in her head.  I guess I'd also like to be her during the affair of KH and TC.  I know that's cutting it close, but this is one woman I would like to try and understand.

March 7, 2011
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I'd have to say Charles Brandon. You get the inside scoop to everything and for the longest, plus keep your head. 🙂

April 21, 2011
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This is quite a hard question as I would like to be so many people for the weekend.

 

Henry- just so that I would know what was going on inside his head.

Anne- pre the trial so that I could wear her beautiful dresses and get to know the Henry she loved.

 

As long as I came back with my head I wouldn't really mind being any of the women who were close to Anne or Henry.

April 23, 2011
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Probably Mary Boleyn, it would be interesting to see what Henry was like in his younger days I guess, and you could also observe the court from a distance.

I bet Mary could find out loads of information about Henry and his court, as she could just sit and flutter her eyelashes without anyone suspecting that she would understand or be interested in what they were talking about… I bet that is exactly what she did, and no one realised how smart she actually was! I like the quote in 'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel.. 'Mary Boleyn might look like a doll, but she's not stupid!'

So yeah, I guess I could probably get some answers to my questions about life in the Tudor Court if I spent a weekend as Mary Boleyn, and hopefully I'd get to take part in a court masque while I was there Laugh

December 28, 2011
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I have to say Jane Seymour, it would be interesting to see how she got on with the people closest to her.

December 30, 2011
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So I've been thinking long and hard about who I would be and why. And I finally thought of someone and a decent reason, so I rush over here only to discover that it has to be at King Henry's court not just Tudor times. Bugger. While my person does fit into Henry's court my reasoning exists after Henry's death. Since I was so excited to think of one, I'll share anyway. My apologies for not actually sticking to the theme.

 

I would go back and be Kind Edward VI on his deathbed. My reasoning for this is as follows. Knowing what happens down the path of history I wouldn't change the succession, I would make Edward strong enough to resist Nothumberland's demands. I would let Mary inherit the throne and then Elizabeth after that. That way the innocent line of Henry's will is spared a lot of heartbreak, a lot of misfortune and many unneccasry deaths. Of course there is the assumption that Mary's reign will play out exactly the same way without the influence of the Jane dilemma. And that Elizabeth's regin would still be great. It would be nice for Edward to know that yes his reforms may need to be put on pause for a few years but not to fear for his other sister will bring in the reforms he so desperantly wants for England.

December 31, 2011
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I would definately want to be a close friend of Henry's. I have some hatred for Henry BUT if I was a close friend of his then i'd be involved in the wives situation and I would want to be younger than Henry too so I could be alive for when Elizabeth became Queen. I would want to know everything about Katherine,Anne,Jane,Anna,Katheryn,&Catherine and also Mary Boleyn etc etc.

I would be a detached friend though, like act like i'm on Henry's side but be all for the wives. LOL.

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January 1, 2012
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Anyone want to be Henry? No one ever chooses him.  Poor fellow.  Laugh 

January 1, 2012
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It'd be interesting to be Henry, but i just couldn't. Going back in time to see what happens means i can't really change Henry's desicions which sucks and i wouldn't wanna be the person who treated all his wives badly. Uh-huh.

• Grumble all you like, this is how it’s going to be.

January 30, 2013
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The Royal nanny so I could give the children the love and compassion they needed.

January 31, 2013
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Elizabeth Boleyn. She was witness to all that happened and I’m sure knew the answers to most of our present day questions. I’d be able to come back and know if Catherine Carey was Henry’s or not. And all the other unanswered questions that we have.

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January 31, 2013
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Since i’m only going to be this person for a weekend, I don’t have to worry about hte sticky end they eventually made and can just enjoy the better parts of their life. I thimk I’m going to choose Catherine of Aragonduring a weekend in her first few years of marriage to Henry.

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July 3, 2018
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This is a great question….I am glad to know it is only for a weekend and that I get to come back with my body intact. It would depend on when. I would like to come back during the reign of Anne so perhaps a lady in waiting so I could see not only Anne but Jane Seymour (so I could get a sense of her). My other choice would be Anne of Cleves. This way if I had to stay longer I would have status, money and the respect of Henry.

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