SOURCE: Boston Review
Hilary Mantel, Historian
by Samuel Clowes Huneke
The celebrated novelist legacy to scholars is a model for examining psychological complexity and political motivation in the past.
In Search of the Ladies-in-Waiting to Anne Boleyn
by Sylvia Barbara Soberton
Paying attention to the women who surrounded Anne Boleyn helps to clarify myths and misunderstandings about her elevation and her demise.
Revisiting Lady Rochford and Her Alleged Betrayal of Anne Boleyn
Sylvia Barbara Soberton's new book argues that Jane Boleyn, long blamed for the accusations against her husband George and sister-in-law Anne that led to their deaths, has been unfairly scapegoated.
The Strangely Forgettable Burial Place of Henry VIII
by Emma Levitt
Though the monarch's grandiose plans for his own tomb were never fulfilled, they reveal much about Henry VIII's ideas of power and masculinity, and pose an ironic contrast to the austere slab that marks his resting place today.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
The Catholic Church has a Long History of Trying to Discipline Catholic Politicians (But Little Success)
by Christine Adams
From Henry VIII to Louis XIV, the Catholic Church has seen efforts to coerce political leaders to hew to doctrine backfire. Will the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' steps toward potentially denying communion to Joe Biden over abortion politics meet a similar fate?
When Henry VIII Wrestled the King of France—and Lost
A wrestling match between Henry VIII and Francis I may never have happened, but it's an enduring, if apocryphal, explanation for the failure of diplomacy between England and France.
Historian Alison Weir's New Novel Raises Controversial Theory: Henry VIII Divorced Anne of Cleves Because She’d Already Given Birth
Weir acknowledges the claim, which pulls on previously unexplored evidence, is “inconclusive and speculative” but says it might make readers think.
Britain, Breaking Up With E.U., Looks to an Expert: Henry VIII
The Tudor monarch is influencing Britain’s modern-day divorce from the Continent, with powers that were first used by the king set to be deployed to help unpack four decades of European Union membership.
How England's Worst King Spawned Capitalism
by Simon Constable
Henry VIII’s decision to dissolve hundreds of monasteries was a revolutionary act by a monarch spouting the need for monastic reform. What this despot with outsize appetites could not have foreseen is that by selling off the monks’ land, he opened it to market forces.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Henry VIII voted worst monarch in history
‘Self-indulgent wife murderer and tyrant’ tops poll of historical writers, ahead of Edward VIII and Charles I
SOURCE: The Guardian
Henry VIII's evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library
Book of legal and philosophical advice on king’s efforts to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled helped change the course of English history
Keeping Your Head While Watching Henry VIII Try to Solve His Many Problems
by Bruce Chadwick
The production at Drew University is pretty good, despite a slow and tedious start and some jumpy scenes in the latter part of the second act. Mullins gets tremendous acting from his stars.
SOURCE: The Scotsman (UK)
Scots army defeat at Flodden blamed on 18ft weapon
IT WAS one of Scotland’s most catastrophic defeats, a battle that robbed the country of its king and countless lairds.Now, in the run-up to the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden, an expert has blamed the defeat on the Scottish army’s inability to master their weapon of choice: an unwieldy, 18ft pike.The forces of James IV were destroyed by the English troops of Henry VIII because they were unable to use their long pikes properly and did not have enough time to get used to them, according to military archaeologist Dr Tony Pollard, of Glasgow University....
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