henry the sixth

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Well, the year is 1453, and that right there is Henry the Sixth, though he could be called “Henry the Sick” because mentally, he`s rather ill. So unwell, in fact, that he can`t run the country anymore. So his cousin, Richard Sillyname, turns up and says he`ll become Lord protector, meaning he`ll run the country while the king is ill. What a lovely chap! Or is he?

From: Horrible Histories, Bob Hale`s Wars of the Roses Report.

Still my favourite explanation of the first phase of what would turn into the Wars of the Roses.


William I by Michael Gambon in Blood Royal: William the Conqueror (1990)
William II by Peter Firth in Blood Royal: William the Conqueror (1990)
Henry I by Clive Wood in The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Stephen by Tony Curran in The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Henry II by Patrick Stewart in The Lion in Winter (2003)
Richard I by Sean Connery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
John by Paul Giamatti in Ironclad (2011)
Henry III by Rusty Livingstone in King John (1984)
Edward I by Patrick McGoohan Braveheart (1995)
Edward II by Ian McKellen in Edward II (1970)
Edward III by Ben Willbond in Horrible Histories (2009)
Richard II by Ben Wishaw in The Hollow Crown (2012)
Henry IV by Jeremy Irons in The Hollow Crown (2012)
Henry V by Kenneth Branagh in Henry V (1989)
Henry VI by Peter Benson in Henry The Sixth (1983)
Edward IV by Max Irons in The White Queen (2013)
Edward V by Sonny Serkis in The White Queen (2013)
Richard III by Laurence Olivier in Richard III (1955)
Henry VII by Michael Marcus in The White Queen (2013)
Henry VIII by Keith Michell in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
Edward VI by Jason Kemp in Elizabeth R (1971)
Mary I by Joanne Whalley in The Virgin Queen (2005)
Elizabeth I by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998)
James I by Robert Carlyle in Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004)
Charles I by Peter Capaldi in The Devil’s Whore (2008)
Charles II by Rufus Sewell in Charles II: The Power and The Passion (2003)
James II by John Westbrook in The First Churchills (1969)
William III & Mary II by Alan Rowe & Lisa Daniely in The First Churchills (1969)
Anne by Margaret Tyzack in The First Churchills (1969)
George I by Peter Bull in Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)
George II by Richard Griffiths in Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides (2011)
George III by Nigel Hawthorne in The Madness of King George (1994)
George IV by Hugh Bonneville in Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006)
William IV by Jim Broadbent in The Young Victoria (2009)
Victoria by Annette Crosbie in Edward the Seventh (1975)
Edward VII by Timothy West in Edward the Seventh (1975)
George V by Tom Hollander in The Lost Prince (2003)
Edward VIII by Stephen Campbell Moore in Wallis & Edward (20005)
George VI by Colin Firth in The King’s Speech (2010)
Elizabeth II by Helen Mirren in The Queen (2006)

What are more difficult to assess are the feelings of the women concerned. Contemporaries vilified Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Boleyn as Delilahs, and even talked of witchcraft, but how realistic was it for a woman to reject a king’s offer of marriage? Katherine Parr agreed to become Henry VIII’s sixth wife even though she wanted to marry the young and personable Thomas Seymour. On the other hand, Anne Boleyn, once she and Henry had become betrothed in the belief that he had never been lawfully married, responded to the King’s billets doux enthusiastically, sent him elaborate love tokens and allowed some physical intimacies short of intercourse
—  Eric Ives, HistoryToday , Marrying For Love: the Experience of Edward IV and Henry VIII

National Portrait Gallery reunites Henry VIII with Catherine of Aragon

Image of first wife was thought to be of Catherine Parr, the sixth spouse who survived him, and was found in Lambeth Palace

Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon famously parted on tricky terms, but the National Portrait Gallery announced on Thursday it was reuniting the royal couple after it discovered an image of the devoutly Catholic queen hanging in, of all places, Lambeth Palace.

The gallery said a portrait always thought to be of Catherine Parr, Henry’s sixth wife who survived him, was in fact a depiction of the other Catherine – his first wife and the one his quest to divorce led to the titanic split with the Catholic church.

It has hung in a private sitting room of the official residence of the archbishop of Canterbury at least since the 19th century and probably longer.

The NPG’s Charlotte Bolland called it “an exciting discovery”, made when gallery staff went to Lambeth Palace to research its portrait of William Warham, the man who married Henry and Catherine as archbishop of Canterbury in 1509.

During the visit the Catherine portrait was spotted. “It was immediately apparent that it was in a very early frame, something which was a relatively rare survival from the early 16th century. It was a way of frame-making that went out of fashion. That was a kind of instant sign that it was something quite interesting.”

The woman’s costume also looked far more 1520s than 1540s, leading to gallery staff questioning whether it was Catherine Parr.

Lambeth Palace allowed the painting to be taken to the NPG’s conservation studio where x-ray and infrared research helped lead to the conclusion that it was in fact Catherine of Aragon.

The research is part of the NPG’s Making Art in Tudor Britain project, for which Bolland is curator. It has already thrown up fascinating discoveries, such as the finding that a portrait of Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, had been painted on a Catholic devotional image of the Madonna and Child, quite possibly mischievously.

The NPG, also with mischief, has now hung the Catherine of Aragon portrait, on loan to it for five years, next to one of Henry from the same time. And next to the unhappy couple is Anne Boleyn, the other woman who became Henry’s second wife until her execution, by beheading, in 1536.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/jan/24/henry-viii-catherine-aragon-portrait


12 July 1543: Henry VIII marries his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr.

On 12 July 1543, in an upper oratory called “the Queen’s Privy closet” within the honor of Hampton Court, Westminster diocese, in presence of the noble and gentle persons named at the foot of this instrument and of me, Richard Watkins, the King’s prothonotary, the King and Lady Katharine Latimer alias Parr being met there for the purpose of solemnising matrimony between them, Stephen Bishop of Winchester proclaimed in English (speech given in Latin) that they were met to join in marriage the said King and Lady Katharine, and if anyone knew any impediment thereto he should declare it. The licence for the marriage without publication of banns, sealed by Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury and dated 10 July 1543, being then brought in, and none opposing but all applauding the marriage, the said Bishop of Winchester put the questions (recited) to which the King replied “Yea” and the lady Katharine also replied that it was her wish; and then the King taking her right hand, repeated after the Bishop the words, “I, Henry, take thee, Katharine, to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death us depart, and thereto I plight thee my troth.” Then, releasing and again clasping hands, the lady Katharine likewise said “I, Katharine, take thee Henry to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to be bonny and buxom in bed and at board, till death us depart, and thereto I plight unto thee my troth.” The putting on of the wedding ring and proffer of gold and silver (described) followed; and the Bishop, after prayer, pronounced a benediction. The King then commanded the prothonotary to make a public instrument of the premises.

King Leir, like so many histories and tragedies of the 1590s, was fixated on royal succession. These plays spoke to a nation fearful of foreign rule or the outbreak of civil war after its childless queen’s death. For a decade that stretched from Titus Andronicus and his Henry the Sixth trilogy through Richard the Third, King John, Richard the Second, the two parts of Henry the Fourth, Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet, Shakespeare displayed time and again his mastery of this genre, exploring in play after play who had the cunning, wit, legitimacy, and ambition to seize and hold power.
—  James Shapiro, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606
Help; Baraou no Souretsu

Alright so I just found Baraou no Soretsu/Requiem of the Rose King (aka how to get away with socially acceptable yaoi). The problem is I’ve only found 6 available chapters in English and the last translated update I found was in 2014. I know there are more chapters available but I can’t find any translations. If any of you could help a brother out with some information or links, that’d be great. :D

It’s such a good manga and if you haven’t read it, you should. Well.. you can read the 6 chapters available unless you can read Chinese or Japanese. In that case, please translate for me T-T

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  July 12th, 1543- Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr

King Henry VIII married his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace on July 12th. The marriage was a private ceremony attended by around twenty courtiers and friends of the couple. Catherine’s vows were as follows;

“I, Katharine, take thee Henry to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to be bonayr and buxome in bed and at board, till death us depart, and thereto I plight unto thee my troth.”