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 reason. through targeting a pivotal 12 months within the lifetime of Henry, this research strikes past the comic strip 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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In this, he contrasted with the peaceful ambitions of his father: Henry VIII wanted a new age of virile, energetic, ambitious conquest. He launched a war against France in 1512, fighting at sea and in 1513, laying siege to the towns of Thérouanne and Tournai (a battle later dubbed the Battle of the Spurs, and commemorated in the 1540s with a glorious painting of the occasion). These battles won him glory, but little of lasting value. Although peace with France was negotiated in 1514 (a peace celebrated at the Field of the Cloth of Gold), Henry was at war with France once again between 1522 and 1525.
Six months earlier, Henry had eradicated opposition to his new position of Supreme Head of the Church of England, by silencing permanently those who refused to acquiesce, such as John Fisher and Sir Thomas More. His illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, was a strong lad of seventeen in whom Henry took much joy. The only fly in the ointment was that his ex-wife, Katherine of Aragon, the Princess Dowager, lingered at Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire. As a result of her degraded position, her nephew, Charles V, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, was a constant, if latent, threat to the security of England.
To understand the significance of this, it is important to realize that the sixteenth century conceived of ageing as a series of stages. The ‘ages of man’ moved from childhood to adolescence, from adolescent to youth, from youth to manhood and from manhood to old age. Different medical tracts assigned different ages to these stages: the most pessimistic considered ‘the lusty stage of life’ to last from twenty-five to thirty-five, followed by old age. Elyot’s Castle of Health, published in 1561, was slightly more 62 The King’s Honour optimistic, stating that old age began at forty, but even the most upbeat categorization placed it no later than fifty.
1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII by Suzannah Lipscomb