1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII by Suzannah Lipscomb

By Suzannah Lipscomb

Henry VIII is understood stereotypically as a chunky, covetous, and crafty king whose urge for food for worldly items met few parallels, whose other halves met infamously untimely ends, and whose faith used to be principally political in rationale. by means of concentrating on a pivotal yr within the lifetime of Henry, this examine strikes past the sketch to bare a fuller portrait of this complicated monarch. In 1536, Henry met many failures—physical, own, and political—and emerged from them a distinct guy and a progressive new king who proceeded to remodel a state and a faith.

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5 The grounds for all this praise were that besides being exceedingly good-looking, Henry VIII appeared to be accomplished in every way. He was a talented linguist – he spoke French, Spanish and Latin, the latter to the point of being able to reply spontaneously to an oration in elegant Latin. He loved music and was a skilled musician and composer: when an embassy from France arrived in 1517, Henry entertained the visitors himself by ‘singing and playing on every musical instrument’ quite excellently.

5 Nevertheless, Henry and Anne were very obviously exceedingly happy, in a way that some considered unseemly. Apart from Henry’s anxieties about foreign affairs, his other concerns, as David Starkey has noted, were to use the style of Katherine’s funeral to indicate his continuing belief that she had never been his wife nor a queen, and to acquire her belongings. Ralph Sadler, Cromwell’s clerk, wrote to Cromwell that he had questioned Henry’s decision not to have a hearse at St Paul’s, as had been the custom at the death of Henry’s sister, Mary, in 1533.

Derek Wilson calls it Henry’s ‘annus horribilis’. R. W. Hoyle refers to it as ‘the year of three queens’, and Sir Arthur Salisbury MacNulty concludes that, in reaching forty-five, ‘it is justifiable to regard the year 1536 as marking the approach of Henry’s old age’. Few, though, have connected this turbulent and important year with Henry VIII’s changing character. 1 A brief chronological overview, however, of the many tumultuous events in the life of Henry VIII in 1536 begins to suggest the significance of this one year.

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