Archive | March 2012

A Bearded Story – Henry VIII style

In a few conversations with a couple of friends, we got a little obsessed with beards. Out of some little interest, I just looked up beards and Henry and found some interesting things. So here is a synopsis of all things beardy in relation to Henry VIII.

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Henry VIII, Martin Luther and Defense of the Seven Sacraments

In 1520, Martin Luther wrote and published a 3 part treatise speaking against the Catholic Church denouncing the Papal system and the doctrine of the sacraments. In response to the increasing popularity of Luther in his protests against the Catholic Church and particularly as a reply to his De captivitate Babylonica, Henry VIII wrote a treatise against Luther’s views entitled Assertio Septem Sacramentorum or Defence of the Seven Sacraments.

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The Eltham Ordinances and its impact on the King’s court

The Eltham Ordinances are a set of rules drawn up to regulate the functioning of the King’s privy chamber. It was implemented in January 1526, but plans for it had been in the offing for quite a few years.

Articles devised by the King’s highness, with the advice of his council, for the establishment of good order and reformation of sundry errors and misuses in his most honorable household and chamber.

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The Ordinary Birth of an Extraordinary Man.

On 28th June, 1491, at Greenwich Palace, a baby boy was born. However, there was little by way of fanfare to herald the birth of what would turn out to be one of England’s most famous and notorious monarchs; for the baby born that day was the future King Henry VIII himself. In fact, so insignificant was the birth of Prince Henry his grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, barely made mention of the event, and even added a correction to the date later on. However, this can be forgiven. As Prince Henry was the second son (and third child in all) of Henry VII and his queen consort, Elizabeth of York, rendering him relatively dynastically unimportant.

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