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 purpose. via targeting a pivotal 12 months within the lifetime of Henry, this research 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 special guy and a progressive new king who proceeded to remodel a state and a faith.
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On 24 January 1536, the 44-yearold Henry was unhorsed by an opponent and fell so heavily ‘that everyone thought it a miracle he was not killed’. The speed of the gallop at the charge, his heavy armour, the height of Henry’s great horse (and weight, if the large, mailed animal fell on him) and the blow of his opponent’s lance combined to make this a very serious accident. Henry was unconscious for two hours, and one suggestion has been that he bruised his cerebral cortex. Given what later happened to Henri II, it is no wonder that people suddenly became concerned with his mortality.
The Act of Succession, also passed in 1534, stated the lawfulness of Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and that their children would be true heirs to the throne and all English subjects were required to swear an oath agreeing this. The oath read: ‘to be true to Queen Anne, and to believe and take her for the lawful wife of the King and rightful Queen of England, and utterly to think the Lady Mary daughter to the King by Queen Katherine, but as a bastard, and thus to do without any scrupulosity of conscience’.
She miscarried on the day of Katherine of Aragon’s funeral – and it had been a boy. This was a huge disappointment to the king, and threatened the stability of the realm at a time when English security was already in jeopardy. In early 1536, an edict issued by the Pope that would have deprived Henry of his right to rule was circulating in Europe, and only needed to be formally published for the invasion and overthrow of Henry’s throne to become legitimate. In March 1536, parliament passed an act that was to have enormous repercussions – the Act for the Dissolution of the Smaller Monasteries.
1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII by Suzannah Lipscomb