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Henry VIII – A Tyrant or Just Misunderstood?

| June 22, 2010

Henry VIII – A Tyrant or Just Misunderstood?

Thank you for all the wonderful responses to last week’s “Henry VIII: Renaissance Prince and King”. I think it’s so easy to forget that Henry VIII did not always look like Holbein’s iconic portrait and that he was actually a rather dashing and charismatic young man who was eager to stamp out corruption. Perhaps Jonathan […]

Henry VIII – Henry the Great?

| April 21, 2010

Henry VIII – Henry the Great?

On this day in history, on the 21st April 1509, Henry VII died and his son Henry VIII came to the throne. Henry VIII was not born to be king, in that he was the second son, but one could argue that he was definitely born to be king when you consider his character! Henry […]

Henry the Great or Henry the Tyrant? You Decide

| April 28, 2009

I’ve been having a bit of a discussion about Henry VIII’s personality with Andrew over at “Tudor Stuff”, arguing over whether Henry was great or a tyrant. Andy posted an article by Jill Hamilton about the fact that some historians want to bestow the title “Henry the Great” on this Tudor monarch. Of course, I’m […]