While I read, I started getting this incredibly familiar feelings. “They tell me he’s a genius, but there’s really no proof and no one would dare have said anything else in writing because he was an absolute monarch.” It could be argued in that way they fed the ego of a man who was just a man till he became, ultimately, a monster.
And while we’re at it, when the same forces apply in a supposed democratic republic that applied in Henry VIII’s absolute monarchy, something must be done. I’m just saying. We’ve seen this movie many times from Henry VIII to the Sun King to Kim Il Jung. It always ends in blood. And it’s rarely the blood of those responsible for making the people suffer. I’m just saying it’s time for America to be exceptional again.
Oh, and while on that, when Henry VIII died he left England near bankrupt. I was snorting with laughter at an author who couldn’t understand why Henry VIII stayed “protestant” – in the most Catholic way possible – after his first two wives died, instead of submitting to Rome. Sigh. Apparently this is an historian who believes the ledger part of the reign isn’t history. He couldn’t go back to Rome because he’d dissolved the monasteries and pillaged their wealth in land, houses and rents. DUH. And then he still took the kingdom into penury. Good thing he didn’t have a printing press he could run at will to create fiat money, uh?