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Old October 26th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #1

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How is Henry VIII Viewed?


I've been watching the series, "The Tudors" starring Jonathan R. Meyers and it has really sparked an interest in me to learn more about this man and time period. My question to people in England, is, "How is Henry VIII viewed/accepted, in your history? Bad? Good? Nuts? A source of pride?
Just curious how he is viewed over there.
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In popular conciousness (as opposed to academic circles). Neutrally I guess. He's seen as a famous and recognisable king, easily identifiable. But not really good nor bad.
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Why do you ask only the English about this Tudor king - you some sort of racist or something?

He got extremely badly hurt in a joust and was only half the man thereafter, and he was grossly treated by the Pope, for political reasons, when he appled to have his incestuous marriage annulled, very properly. More sinned against than sinning, poor fat old dab.
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In popular conciousness (as opposed to academic circles). Neutrally I guess. He's seen as a famous and recognisable king, easily identifiable. But not really good nor bad.
Yes, more of the conscious than academic. I know some kings/queens have a warm spot in the hearts of the English.
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I dont know if he really occupuys a warm spot, but he does have a spot.
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Why do you ask only the English about this Tudor king - you some sort of racist or something?

He got extremely badly hurt in a joust and was only half the man thereafter, and he was grossly treated by the Pope, for political reasons, when he appled to have his incestuous marriage annulled, very properly. More sinned against than sinning, poor fat old dab.
Really now. I don't think he was any less of a man after the accident just because his leg was severely hurt. The pope well, he could rightfully say to Henry "you are breaking my balls" cause he was himself grapped tightly by the nuts by emperor Charles V (Henry's wife was Habsburg). Incestuous marriage? By which standards? Not the historically accurate ones then. "It's all in the family" was rather the rule then the exception with royal marriages in that day and age. More sinned against than sinning? Can't really judge that.

All in all as a sovereign Henry was not hated, even liked by the English, he was a realpolitiker for his time. I'm not English though TJ
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I believe Iolo is refering to Henry marrying his dead brother Arthur's wife.
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I believe Iolo is refering to Henry marrying his dead brother Arthur's wife.
That's not incest though.
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By our standards. Canon Law syas otherwise I believe. Yet it did cause some trouble and if I recall (been a while since I last looked at old Henners) was part of the case used to get his divorce from Catherine.


9Someone correct me if Im mistaken)
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I would say that Henry VIII is generally regarded in Britain as a bit of a monster, a tyrant and a bully who was beastly to all those wives. He's regarded as quite a character, but not viewed with any affection or admiration, as is Elizabeth I. He exerts a sort of grisly fascination, though; books and television programmes about him always find a wide audience.
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