I can't find any academic source to support the story. Given the logistics involved, I reckon the amateur historians have it right. It's probably just one more of the stories concocted to make historic buildings more "interesting".
To quote Greg Jenner (Chief History "Nerd" on BBC's Horrible Histories) on Twitter
Haha thanks, it's one of those half ...
The second one.
Many historians believe that at the very beginning King Henry VIII was driven more by personal reasons than theological reasons. Quite a lot of good sources are cited in this wikipedia article and this one.
It all started with Henry's troubles with Queen Catherine --his first wife. Henry was obsessed with a male ...
The currently accepted theory for this is that he didn't. Although there is some debate as to what his exact problem was, it doesn't appear to have been Syphilis.
The theory that Henry suffered from syphilis has been dismissed by
most historians. A more recent theory suggests that Henry's
medical symptoms are characteristic of untreated Type II
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred and ninety two; a full 55 years before Henry died in 1547. Henry was not known for his chaste ways, so it is quite conceivable that he would have been an early contractor of a new venereal disease.
The most recent excavations at Pompeii have revealed remains two twin teen-aged sisters, apparently in a ...
The shields or pavises along the side of the ship are a pavisade which is
A protective barrier made up of shields bearing the arms of those on
board placed along a vessel's sides.
The Wikipedia Pavise article has a slightly more detailed description:
a decorative row of shields or a band of canvas hung around a sailing
vessel to prevent an ...
It is difficult to say exactly how much was lost. We have some sources that enable us to say what manuscripts were held by some monasteries, for example the library at Peterborough, or that at Syon Abbey.
Many of the manuscripts ended up in private libraries, with the best often ending up in the Royal Library manuscript holding.
Wikipedia provides an ...
Henry Fitzroy is the only recognized illegitimate child recognized by Henry VIII.
Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (15 June 1519 – 23
July 1536), was the son of King Henry VIII of England and his
mistress, Elizabeth Blount, and the only illegitimate offspring whom
Henry VIII acknowledged.
Other children who were suspected as being ...
The question breaks down into two parts: Why a swordsman instead of an axeman, and why the swordsman of Calais.
I now believe that the answer I posted earlier was only partially correct. This source offers a more likely answer, that "Henry did not care about Anne's feelings," and that he chose the sword as "the symbol of Camelot, of a rightful king."
Probably not. I'm unaware of any serious historical speculation (or more importantly evidence) along those lines.
At the time having the King's babies was essentially a queen's one and only job. This went double for King Henry, as he had already executed one previous wife essentially for not producing male heirs.
Its possible of course. While not as ...
I'm not sure if an answer from the community is forthcoming, so I'll take a stab at an answer based on newly-read information including comments to my original post. This answer comes comes with the caveat it's pieced together by me - a non-expert in this milieu of history - from only recently-read articles and a little reading between the lines.
It is the ...
Why didn't Anne Boleyn consent to divorce?
King Henry didn't require Anne Boleyn's consent for divorce. Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first wife, never consented to divorce. Law at the time, was an engine of state, not a mechanism for justice. Henry was the state.
Anne Boleyn never had the opportunity to seek divorce because the window ...
At least one modern authority, historian Alison Weir, believes that Catherine Howard used birth control (her book, King Henry VIII, p. 446). What form that might be is hard to say, probably some "barrier" method such as a crude diaphragm, or maybe IUD.
This would be during her "relationship" with Francis Derehem, which she did not consider a "real" ...
Cutting off a head in one blow is somewhat harder than it may sound; the main issues are that the vertebrae are hard bones and unless the executioner is skilled he could miss, hitting the head or back instead. If the executioner misses by even an inch things can get very messy.
In those days a class of professional executioners existed who used specialized ...
I have upvoted Monster Truck's answer, but would like to add a bit more.
It wasn't just Henry that wanted away from Rome.
Thomas Cromwell was not just a lawyer, he was Henry's chief minister and a rabid Protestant. In fact, many in the rising middle class, and many newly prominent nobles, wanted the dissolution from Rome, so in addition to his personal ...