Το παράδοξο στη ζωή μας... από την Αμαλία Κ. Ηλιάδη
The Paradox in our lives… by Amalia K. Eliade/Iliadi
και λίγη συναρπαστική αγγλική ιστορία...
and a little of exciting English History…
b.1491 Reigned 1509-1547
Henry VIII the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, became king when he was only seventeen. He was an athlete, scholar and musician, in fact, the perfect Renaissance prince. Henry could be cruel and ruthless. Two of his six wives were beheaded, as were some of his ministers. He squandered the wealth accumulated from the monasteries, he crushed rebellion with savagery, but, in a violent and turbulent age, he was an admired and respected monarch.
Catherine of Aragon
Henry VIII's first wife was a Spanish princess who had previously been married to his elder brother, Arthur. Her failure to give him a son led Henry to seek a divorce, which he only achieved by breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church and making himself Head of the Church of England. Their daughter became Mary I - "Bloody Mary".
Henry was her third husband and she nursed him in his old age. Following his death she married Edward VI's uncle Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane Seymour, but she died shortly after giving birth to her first child.
Anne of Cleves
She was a German princess. Henry married her for political reasons but disliked her and is reputed to have called her the "Flanders Mare". He divorced her after a few months.
Jane was Henry's favorite wife who gave him his longed for son. Unfortunately she died at Hampton Court Palace a few days after the baby was born. Her son became King Edward VI.
Henry had to wait six years for a divorce before he could marry Anne Boleyn. He turned against her when she failed to give him a son and she was beheaded at The Tower of London. Her daughter became Queen Elizabeth I.
Catherine Howard was nearly thirty years younger than Henry. When the King discovered that she had been unfaithful to him she was arrested at Hampton Court Palace and taken to The Tower of London where, after a trial, she was beheaded.