Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Henry VIII 16th Century Rock Star

     We all know the story of Henry VIII and his 6 wives, but by 16th century standards, this man was not only a king, but would have been considered a rock star by today’s standards.  It all started at a young age, when upon the death of his older brother Arthur, he became heir to the throne.  This became a major problem during his rebellious teen years (Garage Band Years), when all young Henry wanted to do is Joust (join a band) and his dad would not allow him.  But that all changed when his father died and Henry assumed the throne.  He began jousting and promptly married his high school sweetheart (Catherine of Aragon), against the advice of his council (managers).

     Henry lived larger than life and dressed the part.  He was worshiped like a Rock Star and the saying “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll” were his mantra, but only in a different form “Mistresses, Power and Image”.  Just like any other Rock Star, Henry did not like being told “No” and made it a point to bringing his wishes to fruition at any cost, including a change of his country’s religion to facilitate his divorce, which he later found out that it was far easier to trump up treason charges, and behead a wife than it was to divorce one.

     Although Henry was not known for destroying hotel rooms, he did one hell of a job destroying monasteries.  And if not for his head strong, self-centeredness, and ability to push others to bend to his will at the hand of violence, we would be no more interested in him than we are in King Egbert or King William II. 

     So, my question to you is, if Henry and his first wife would have had a couple of strong healthy sons, would he have followed the same path?  Was he a true 16th century Rock Star?  And why is Jonathan Rhys Meyers way hotter than the fat dude in the historical paintings?   Please leave a comment, we would love to hear from you, even if it’s to just say “Hi I was here”.

C.G. Powell

Author of Spell Checked: Book One of The No Uncertain Logic Series

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  1. Hi, I was here! lol

  2. Yay, someone actually reads my crap!!! Thank you for stopping by :-)

  3. I just ran across you from a post by LK Rigel and thought I would journey to your website. I love history! I can't ever remember stuff but I love to read about it. I love this post! I am watching The Tudors on Netflix right now. I love it. Thanks for putting this history lesson in a great context!

  4. Thank you for stopping by, Julie. I love the Tutors too, although the series is a bit historically wrong in places,a fact that I completely overlook anytime I see Henry Cavil or Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I will be doing more historical posts Julie, so don't forget to follow my blog.

  5. A BIT historically wrong? Please. Yes, Henry was a rock star for his time, but if you're using the miniseries to gauge his character and conduct, you're way of the mark. Yes, he had mistresses - mainly while his wives were pregnant, because sex during pregnancy was considered dangerous back then. What you're missing is that Henry was obviously an incurable romantic. What he wanted was The Grand Passion, a woman and a marriage that would satisify him intellectually, emotionally, and physically, and of course, give him sons. He found bits and pieces with each one, but never the whole package. He was also deeply religious, and extremely intelligent. He had a photgraphic memory and would catch advisors and ambassadors out all the time when they made a mistake with some statistic or fact of history. He spoke 5 languages, was a brilliant musician and composer, a formidable amateur astronomer, and an art connoisseur. Apart from his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, women took up relatively little of his time. "The Tudors" turned him into a one dimensional sex fiend. Stop getting your history from silly TV shows and crack open a book.
    As far as what would have happened if he had a few healthy sons with his first wife? We wouldn't be blogging.