Another random question from WordPress.
I’ve always been intrigued by the 16th century because it was when England was on the cusp of change. The late Middle Ages – themselves full of divers alarums – ended around 1500, giving way to the Early modern period which takes us up to the Age of Revolutions (c 1800).
The previous century had seen Richard III and the mystery of the Princes in the Tower, the ascent of Henry VII, and with him the reign of the House of Tudor. Henry VIII (1491-1547) succeeded him – a monarch most famous for his six marriages and the establishment of the Church of England. In his prime, he was described as attractive, charismatic, educated and an accomplished author and composer – though I’m pretty sure that at no point did he resemble Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. (Seriously, why does Hollywood have such difficulty remembering that Henry was a redhead?) Continue reading