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September 18, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

37. What Happened to Henry VIII?


In a departure from our usual fare, this week we take a closer look at Henry VIII and consider how it was that the promising 17 year-old who came to the throne in 1509 should turn into the tyrannical monster that died in 1547. Was his personality altered on account of injuries or ill health? Could his change have been due to traumatic events which pushed him over the edge into tyranny? Or maybe the expectations of 1509 were misplaced and he was always a tyrant, or at least a ticking bomb waiting to off...

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Normal reviewing service resumes next time with Edward VI.

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  • Shlomo Bar-Ayal

    I would go with the thought that Henry finally figured out that he was an absolute ruler and as an American Founding Father said: “Power corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts absolutely.

    Enjoyed the discussion.

    Keep up the good work

    Oct 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm
  • Richard Tracey

    Under “Categories” I think you should not have one labeled “Podcast” and 2 labeled “Wars of the Roses” — instead, I’d re-sort the kings and queens into Lancastrians (H4, H5, H6), Yorkists (E4, E5, R3), and Tudors (H7, H8, E6, M1, E1). And I’d add an arabic number to each category so that they would display in chronological, not alphabetical, order. I know this is picky, but I’m listening to each one long after you’ve recorded them and find that they aren’t categorized in an obvious way.

    Oct 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm
  • rexfactor

    Hi Shlomo, good quote - definitely sums up Henry VIII’s position, I think!

    Oct 20, 2011 at 10:04 am
  • rexfactor

    Hi Richard, thanks for the suggestion, I’ve changed the categories now so that they’re in chronological order as you’ve suggested. Within the category they’re ordered with the most recently released one first, which I’m not sure how to change, but the episodes are numbered so should make it easier to navigate hopefully.

    Oct 20, 2011 at 10:05 am
  • Richard Tracey

    Wow! I wonder what else I should suggest?

    Oct 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm
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