henry viii

anonymous asked:

what kind of nose did henry have anyway? i mean i looked at all his portraits but i don't think they're all that reliable anyway

He had a high arched – otherwise known as Aquiline or Roman – nose. It’s featured prominently in his profile portraiture, esp coinage, but I can see it in most of his depictions bc I’m aware of it. You’re right to be skeptical of portraiture, but it’s almost certain that was his nose; it seems to have been from his father’s side.

The groats tend to show it, although their debasement is varying and you sometimes can’t make finer details out. I.E.:

One time Henry VIII had a book when he was little and he wrote in really massive writing on the first page “this boke is myne” and I just find it so funny because that’s such a Henry VIII thing to do

You can’t read The Six Wives Of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser and NOT feel the worst for Katherine Howard out of all of them.

Granted, Anne got killed too, but at least she was smart and savvy and old enough to know what she was getting into.

Katherine Howard was just a ditsy, silly, unintelligent teenage girl in way over her head.  That’s why her story is so sad. 

If Henry had been one bit of the good Christian he claimed to be, he’d have just had her banished or sent to a convent.  

That he insisted on her death basically tells you what a frigging sociopath he was.