Henry VIII: New Twist to a Reigning Monarch

Who has heard of the Nursery Rhyme, “Oranges and Lemons”? I have. However, what I’m interested in is the song’s roots; where did it come from? We don’t know but there is a theory that it could be about Henry VIII’s marriage problems.

At the moment, I’m watching a BBC Drama called “Wolf Hall” (which finishes tonight). For those who haven’t see the series, “Wolf Hall” is about the life of Thomas Cromwell, during his time in Henry’s court. The series is based on Hilary Mantel’s novel of the same name and the squeal “Bring Up The Bodies”.

I’ve never read the books myself but oh my goodness, the series is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I consider myself as a ‘history geek’; I especially love the Tudor reign – Henry’s Six Wives, Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen, you name it. In the last month, I would talk about certain facts I know, or clarify what each character says, right in the middle of the episodes. I over talk too much and sometimes miss the important bits. (How very stupid of me.)

Any-who, that’s me. Now onto Henry. For the last few years, historians have been re-looking into his life. Although he has been labelled as a ‘tyrant’, some argue that he wasn’t like that until early 1536. It was at this time that Henry was involved in a jousting accident. In a statement from Eustace Chapuys, he describes the accident in pure detail:

“On the eve of the Conversion of St. Paul, the King being mounted on a great horse to run at the lists, both fell so heavily that every one thought it a miracle he was not killed, but he sustained no injury. Thinks he might ask of fortune for what greater misfortune he is reserved, like the other tyrant who escaped from the fall of the house, in which all the rest were smothered, and soon after died.”

Henry’s horse did fall onto of the king, though. This accident left him unconscious for two – three hours. And as a result, Anne Boleyn miscarried her last child, a son. That’s how the ‘tyrant’ was born. But did his cruelly come before that?

In the Wolf Hall series and in real life, Henry divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon to get into Anne’s bed and make her queen. It was a success. Then while Anne was pregnant for a third time, Henry was led astray by beginning a courtship with Jane Seymour (with help from Cromwell’s help).
So was Henry a cruel king? Did it all change after the accident? Or did he copy his temper through Anne Boleyn? I’ll leave you guys to decide on this subject.

Note: Last episode of Wolf Hall is at 9pm on Wednesday 25th February 2015 (Tonight) on BBC Two or you can watch the series on BBC iPlayer.

Pure Yoghurt

Another poem I have written; I had a bad day today so I needed some comfort food time. After I ate a pot of yoghurt, I decided to write a poem about it. Hope you enjoy. 🙂 

Pure yoghurt,

Sweet and soft,

You give me pure comfort

Even if I eat you in the loft.

Who needs a man

When you have comfort food?

I am not being upset or rude,

But I can take a bite, because I can.

© 2015

Who cares about beauty? (We’re so much more than that)

Very wonderful topic to discuss; it’s true that people prefer beauty than brains but there is more to women than we think!

Humyn

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While discussing women’s education and why it’s significant, a third grade student said, “Girls need to learn, too. It’s just about our looks. We’re so much more that.”

Smart kid. This is the type of thinking I wish the media would adopt.

From birth, little girls are dressed in frilly pink dresses. The first compliment we hear in life is that we are pretty, cute, precious, sweet, or angelic.

We are taught how to apply make up, and the media pushes their definitions of “beauty” in our faces throughout our entire lives. As girls, and later as women, we are taught that our beauty comes first.

Photography student Hannah Altman, currently attending Point Park University in Pittsburgh, recently did a photo series depicting the dangerous and impossible standards of female beauty. Through photographs of women splattered with glitter to represent blood, tears, and vomit, Altman shows how negatively…

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Theatre Superstitions

Pretty interesting; I do believe in theatre superstitions, like most people do.

Trutheatrekid

Among the many superstitions in the theatre world today, “The Scottish Curse”, and “break a leg” traditions are the oldest. All three have origins reaching back hundreds of years. Each provides a peek into the culture and history of live theatre.
One of the most popular theatre superstitions, “The Scottish Curse”, revolves around Shakespeare’s classic play, Macbeth. The superstition states that is is bad luck to utter the word “Macbeth” in or around any theatre. Many theories surround this superstition, and there are several tales to back up it’s validity.
The play, Macbeth within itself provides enough reasons for superstition, with it’s stories of witchcraft, evil, and it’s generally dark tone. http://www.sciencechannel.com/video-topics/sci-fi-supernatural/curses-curse-of-macbeth.htm One theory behind the superstition states that Shakespeare himself wrote incantations and curses into the play that would cause tragedy on all who took part in productions of this show. While at first this may seem silly, tragedies…

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