Contest: The King’s Rose

The winner of this month’s contest will receive a signed copy of The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby. To enter the random drawing, share with us something you find interesting about the Tudors. It can be a specific fact or simply your own thoughts about that time in England’s history.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 23.  Good luck!

And don’t forget to drop in on Friday the 18th to read our interview with Alisa Libby.

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9 Responses to Contest: The King’s Rose

  1. Audry says:

    I always thought it was pretty amazing that someone would basically start his own church in order to be able to divorce his wife…

  2. Kate says:

    I find it interesting that he worked so hard to get that single son (who turned out sickly and only lived to see 15) when, by his second wife, he already had Elizabeth who would rule a Golden Age. ^_^
    That and just how brutal Henry was. And how, generally speaking, if you could just talk to him, you could probably change his mind.

  3. Catrina says:

    I was always blown away at how disposable Henry’s wives were. If he wanted another one he simply got rid of the one he currently had. They were totally treated like property. Not to mention the mistresses..ugh.

  4. Lily says:

    Ever since there has been life, there has been the instinct to reproduce. It was always important to add more and more branches to the family tree and the only way to do this was with sons. Through all the cultures in the world, they share a similar view about family; girls marry out, their “roots” placed with their husband’s family while boys deepen their roots in the same place, in the same family, and expand with other sons.

    So while many people would scoff and scorn, even make fun of Henry VIII for his nearly-insane desire to have a son (can we even call it insane if it is an instinct? If the pressure of royalty, of an entire country, is placed on a male and that instinct is twice as important, can we call him crazy?) on a primitive level, we all can understand and empathize with him.

    That is what blows me away the most in the Tudor line. We hear that history likes to repeat itself, that History is fond of deja vu, but we never really understand how true that is in subtle ways until we look closely.

    As my history teacher mentioned last year, the thing that also caught my attention sharply, was the fact that King Henry VIII’s stunning “Perfect Male of the Era” body, personality, etc. started to decay just as soon as his third wife, Jane Seymour, started to as well.

    Is it a mere concidence that this “crazy” man started to eat himself into comfort and suspect everyone and anyone in court when the only wife who bore him a son died? In his own way, he loved Jane. He loved and adored her so much that on a subconcious level he perhaps wanted to die — that would explain the food-comfort, for example.

    Yet it was that primitive instinct, the very same that was added onto with the pressure of royalty, that kept him alive…for a while.

    It saddens me how he is famous for killing his wives. Although he had really only “killed” Anne B. and Kitty Howard, from what I can recall; the first he locked away basically, the third died giving birth to the baby whose gender he desired but not the son he wanted, the fourth was divorced and hidden away, and the sixth outlived him. Media shows us how he would stop at nothing for a son, that this primitive instinct made him a monster, when we ourselves do not recognize that many of us share similar desires.

    That is what has always and probably will always fascinate me with the Tudor line; history repeats itself in every one of us, and yet, we scorn more than just historical figures…we scorn ourselves withot realizing it.

  5. Kat says:

    I find everything about the Tudors fascinating, but one specific thing would have to be how much power Henry was given that he was able to get away with throwing out all those wives. He changed the church for one, killed two others and yet nothing was really done about it and more women showed up knowing his history but willing to marry him.

  6. Marg says:

    Assuming that this giveaway is open to international entrants, I would love to be entered.

    I think the thing that I find most fascinating about the Tudors is the fact that so many of us still can’t get enough of them so long after they lived. Other kings and queens have faded a little in the pages of history, but the Tudors have stayed strong.

  7. Patty says:

    I find it interesting that the Tudors produced so many strong women.
    thank you

  8. Amber says:

    There are SO many things that interest me about the Tudor dynasty. I’m such a Tudor geek and I can’t get enough of them.

    One of the many things that interests me about the Tudors, Henry VIII specifically, is that despite having six wives and only one son, he had two amazing daughters who grew up to be very strong, confident women who became queens regnant – something that had not occurred in living memory at that time – despite having underestimated them and pushing them aside for his only son. Of course, Henry could not have known that Edward would not live to maturity.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  9. I suppose that so much happened during the reign of the various Tudors that they have become the best known period in English history. Their stories are so fantastic and then they just disappear from from view!

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Thank you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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