You know, Henry VIII never got divorced, his marriages were annulled. The difference is that a divorced marriage is a valid marriage that once legally existed but is now over, an annulled marriage is one that was never valid and therefore never legally existed. Also, he annulled his marriage to Anne Boleyn and while he outlived Catherine of Aragon he didn't outlive Anne of Cleves so TECHNICALLY it should be annulled and died, annulled and beheaded, died, annulled and survived, beheaded, survived. But that's not quite as catchy, and we consumers of history love a simplification.
I want to know more about the meta world that Six the Musical takes place in. Like, I know the set-up is just a device to tell these stories and we’re not meant to get into it like I’m about to but like, what the hell is going on in this world? Why would the six wives of Henry the Eighth suddenly reincarnate or whatever? Is it just them or is, like, Marie Antoinette about to drop a sick-ass album? Have they all come to terms with the fact that they’re all, like, different ages and, in some cases, races than they were when they died (or are they not and that’s just the actor/character divide getting fuzzy because the actors are playing characters who are acting)? Were they reincarnated with the sum knowledge of modern day pop culture that would be necessary for then to write their songs or have they been, like, hanging out for the past four years acclimating and also doing whatever it is you do to form a girl group? How did they decide that a live concert performance was the best medium for telling their stories? Who voted for that? Was that their Plan A or is there a self-published book on Amazon that didn’t do well and this was the back-up plan? In this world, do they present themselves as Henry the Eighth’s actual wives? Do people buy this or do they think it’s an elaborate bit, like Daft Punk wearing their masks everywhere? If people do buy it, is everyone just like, cool with it? Is it weird having an alternate go on for you when they’re literally playing you, not your character? I know this is all outside of the scope of the show but listen. Listen.
Probably the funniest fact of Irish history is that after the Anglo-Normans invaded Ireland and started carving themselves out lordships, a lot of them actually assimilated into Irish culture.
By the 1500s, the “Old English” or Hiberno-Normans, as they were called, were just as opposed to British rule in Ireland as the Gaelic Irish, and consequently fought in revolutions and rebeliions against British rule.
By the 1700s, the distinction between the Old English and Gaelic Irish had effectively completely disappeared. They were all just Irish.