Yesterday I called up my television network provider and added Showtime to my package, just as I do every year in April, this being the 3rd year in a row. Why you ask? The Tudors.
I know, I know. Some of you right now are cringing…yes it does have some mistakes, some blatantly wrong factoids, but I don’t care. I LOVE the show! I will willingly spend every Sunday evening at 9 pm obsessing over the drama, and then waiting, panting for the next week. Who’s with me?
I have held a fascination with Henry VIII since I was fourteen which grew to include the entire Tudor dynasty, ending with his daughter Elizabeth I.
For today’s blog, I thought I would give you some fun facts about the Tudors!
- Elizabeth of York (mother of Henry VIII) had the good fortune to be the most royal English queen of all queen’s. How so? She was daughter to the King of England (Edward IV), sister to the King of England (Edward V), neice to the King of England (Richard III), wife to the King of England (Henry VII), and mother to the King of England (Henry VIII). It’s no wonder Henry didn’t want anyone to think he was only king by marrying her.
- Before marrying Edmund Tudor at the age of 12, Margaret Beaufort, aged 7 married John de la Pole, the son of her guardian William de la Pole. The union was later dissolved when Henry VI deemed she should marry his half brother Edmund.
- Despite being married four times (the first of which was never consummated) Margaret Beaufort only had one pregnancy and one child, Henry VII, who she bore at the tender age of 13.
- Prince Arthur was named after King Arthur of Camelot.
- To listen to a clip of Anne Boleyn’s song “Oh Death Rock Me Asleepe,” which she supposedly wrote while in the Tower of London, visit: http://www.nellgavin.com/boleyn_links/ODeath.htm
- Despite the fact that Henry VIII was having Anne Boleyn executed, he did decide not to have her burnt at the stake, and instead of an axe allowed her to die by a sword, which she was also allowed to choose her own executioner.
- Anyone who disobeyed the commands of Henry VIII was arrested for treason and executed…supposedly he executed 72,000 people during his reign. Yikes!
- Henry VIII’s nickname was Sir Loyal Heart, which he came up with early in his marriage to Catherine of Aragon after she gave birth to their son who only lived a short time. He toted the name in tournaments.
- Henry VIII was somewhat of a hypochondriac and extremely scared of contracting disease.
- Henry’s waist went from a lean 32 inches in his prime to 54 inches at his death…He was weighing in at over 300 pounds.
- In her late teens Mary I, was sent to attend her half sister, infant Elizabeth in her household.
- Mary I did not want to execute Lady Jane Grey (nine days queen) and in fact refused to do so for about 7 months until her council pressed her hand.
- Even though she never got married, Elizabeth I did have 26 different marriage proposals to consider (some were repeat offenders :)
If you love the Tudors and want to learn more about this epic dynasty, I am teaching a workshop with Outreach International beginning April 20th. The workshop runs for one month.
Eliza Knight is the author of sizzling historical romance and time travel erotic romance. She is also the author of the award winning blog, History Undressed. She teaches various workshops on writing craft and history. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or www.historyundressed.blogspot.com