The Tudors: Henry VIII & The English Reformation (1509-1547)

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Was he “Bluff King Hal,” the famous Renaissance Prince, or was he a bloated, arrogant tyrant who put his own interests above those of the kingdom? Do we remember him fondly as an intellectual purveyor of freedom, or rather as a self-seeking opportunist who opened the door to radical change? Who is the true Henry VIII? His persona is at once captivating and elusive. Henry VIII wore many hats throughout his lifetime, but surely his kingship is the most famous and also the most infamous of all English monarchs. Today, we see him proudly standing forth, clad in bright and exuberant colors, dressed as a peacock, donning extravagant Turkish costumes, bombastically shunning clerical Orthodoxy, founding his own church, marrying six different women, executing friends and foes alike. Henry VIII’s legacy remains bold, his stature towering, his life the stuff of legend, his reign consequential beyond a doubt. As a young…

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