In our book Henry VIII is portrayed is somewhat of a positive light. This is an interesting viewpoint because it is so contrary to so many other sources. The book, when on the subject of Catherine of Aragon’s daughter, states “Henry doubted that England would accept a female heir to his throne and feared that after his death, the country would lapse back into the civil war from which it had recently emerged” (370). This makes it sound like Henry was only looking out for his country and was trying to do the right thing. The recent movie, “The Other Boleyn Girl,” pictured Henry as a womanizing, drunk, tyrant. This is just one of many examples of how the media portrays Henry. The book also uses phrases like “fallen in love with Anne Boleyn” (370) and “To the king’s great disappointment, however, Anne bore him another daughter, Elizabeth” (370). Both these phrases humanize Henry. Everyone can sympathize with love and disappointment. I’m not sure whether I agree or disagree with the book, but it certainly is a new spin on an old topic.
~Hannah (Libby) Straton