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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Monarch of the Week & Giveaway

Monarch of the Week:

Henry VIII



June 28, 1491

Greenwich Palace, Greenwich


January 28, 1547 at the age of 55

Palace of Whitehall, London


February 4, 1547

St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle


Henry VII of England


Elizabeth of York


Catherine of Aragon (annulled)

Anne Boleyn (annulled)

Jane Seymour (widower)

Anne of Cleves (annulled)

Catherine Howard (annulled)

Catherine Parr (widow)


Prince Henry, Duke of Cornwall (died in infancy)

Mary I of England

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (illegitimate)

Elizabeth I of England

Edward VI of England


House of Tudor

Coat of Arms:



King of England, France and Ireland

Style Addressed as:

By the Grace of God, King of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and of the Church of England and of Ireland in Earth Supreme Head


April 21, 1509-January 28, 1547


June 24, 1509


Henry VII


Edward VI




Henry at the age of 18 after his coronation.


Half-groat of Henry VIII


Henry’s Tonlet armour made in 1514


Henry’s armour made in 1544


Henry at the age of 34-35


Interesting & Random Facts:

-As the second son of England’s King, Henry was prepared for a life in the Church rather than the life of a king.

-Henry was the first King of England to be addressed as Your Majesty, a style which he copied from the French.

-Henry was the first King to have hot water piped into his castles.

-He aided in creating a new form of armour that had better articulation allowing the wearer more flexibility and accuracy.

-He often created his own medicines using wild ingredients such as pearls, sapphires, and poisonous plants. 30 of The King’s Own Remedies still exist in a book under the same name written in the King’s own hand. The book is kept in the British library.

Since today is my birthday, I though that I would celebrate by hosting a giveaway.

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                                                             The Royals Book

Giveaway is open Worldwide and consists of the following:

1 large Parisian storage box

1 box of assorted tea from the Boston tea co.

1 cup and saucer

1 Paris book marker

1 copy of The Royals by Leslie Carroll

1 copy of Elizabeth I, Virgin Queen by Philippa Jones

To enter leave a valid email address.

Giveaway Ends:

March 1.


Renee said...

Happy Birthday! I think Henry VIII is one of the most fascinating monarchs because he embodied knowledge and yet his selfishness is what every knows about him. Most people don't know how incredibly knowledgeable he was.

Heather R said...

I loved looking at the 2 suits of armor - shows how much change 30 years did to him! Wow! We was such a multi-faceted person.

I would love to be entered for the giveaway and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


traveler said...

Henry VIII was intelligent, fascinating and notorious. His reign, his wives, and his talents were many and varied. A noticeable change from his youth to his later years. Best wishes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Happy Birthday! Without a doubt Henry VIII had an aura about him which was compelling. So many individuals were under his spell. His charisma was well known as was his role in the separation of The Church of England from The Roman Catholic Church. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Linda said...

Wow, what an incredible, and generous giveaway! Happy Birthday! I agree that Henry VIII was a very interesting monarch, but I really deplore the destruction of the beautiful abbeys and monasteries. Thanks for the giveaway.

Colleen Turner said...

Happy Birthday and what an awesome giveaway! The Tudors are my all time favorite royalty and I read everything I can get my hands on regarding them! Thanks!


Marjorie/cenya2 said...

A very Happy Birthday to you.
This is an amazing giveaway.
Very generous compared to you know who.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

SusanB said...

What a great giveaway. Thanks. Enjoy the historical perspective of your blog.

CelticLady said...

Awesome giveaway!! Happy Birthday to you Henry, you old rascal you...lol...
I never get tired reading about you and your many wives....

Pricilla said...

He did leave his mark on history! Thanks for such a fantastic giveaway
kaiminani at gmail dot com

Jeanne M said...

Happy Birthday! I have to admit I love the prizes that you listed but what I love most is the it includes a copy of The Royals by Leslie Carroll!

My husband is a history lover and his one disappointment when we visited England was that Windsor Castle was closed the day we visited because of renovations.

He loves reading about the different monarchs and this would be the perfect gift for his birthday in April!

miki said...

Happy Birthady ( mine is next month^^)Best wishes

i loved this post

thanks you a lot for this wonderful international giveaway

all the best


penney said...

I been to the tower of London and I loved it all. I love reading about the Kings and Queens.
Thank you for the giveaway.
luvhistoricalromance at sbcglobal dot net

micia said...

Happy birthday and thanks a lot!!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

wow! what a beautiful giveaway! i'd love to enter! thank you!

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

Daphne said...

Happy Birthday and what a wonderful giveaway!!


Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Wow, I thought I knew a lot about Henry, but you gave me information I've never known. Thanks! And happy birthday to you. Hope you're having a wonderful day.

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

bn100 said...

Happy birthday! This was a very interesting post. Thanks for the giveaway.


Martha Lawson said...

Happy Birthday to you! HOpe you have a great day. (Mine was Friday!) Was watching a rerun today on GSN of 1 vs 100 and the final question was about Henry VIII's wives! He was certainly a fascinating man. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Gisele Alv said...

This is a great giveaway!! Happy Birthday to Henry VIII! I love reading about the Tudors they're are my favorite monarchs!
Thanks for the giveaway!


Mystica said...

A very happy birthday. Thank you also for a very educative, informative post!

Would love to be entered for this amazing giveaway(s).

marybelle said...

Henry VIII continues to fascinate. He changed the course of a nation & indeed the world.


Carol L. said...

Happy belated birthday. Hope it was filled with happiness and joy. :)
This is a most generous prize offering.Thank you for the opportunity. I love reading about the Henry Vlll. I'd love to see his book written in his ow hand about his own remedies.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Pam S (pams00) said...

Thanks so much or such a great post on Henry the VIII. I loved the facts and pics you shared. I've always found him to be an interesting fellow.

Also ty for the wonderful giveaway.

pams00 @ aol.com

Margaret said...

Amazing giveaway! Loved the post! Happy B-day!


Crystal - Princess of Pop Culture said...

I can't believe he was only in his 50's when he died...he accomplished so much that it seems like he was much older than that!

Happy Birthday :D

icha said...

happy b'day....and i like a story henry VII..

thanks for the giveaway

icha09 at gmail dot com

Eli Yanti said...

not sure this giveaway can be mail to over the world especially the cup but love to win it

Happy Birthday, what a great birthday gift ;)

Allison Macias said...

I am constantly amazed by Henry. A kind ruler transformed to a suspicious ruler. A chivalrous man who married Catherine of Aragon to protect her, to a heartless man who disposed of wives like garbage. What an odd man!!
And Happt Birthday!!!
I'd love to win, Allisonmharper@hotmail.com

Rachel said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Maureen said...

Happy Birthday! Henry VIII is a fascinating person and an excellent choice.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Carol N Wong said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many more.

What a great giveaway. I have read a couple books about some of Henry VIII's wives but not about him!
I would love to learn more.


Linda McDonald said...

Happy Birthday! Great post and really cool photos. Lots of interesting info, and thank you for the great giveaway opportunity.


Carol M said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Thank you for such a great giveaway!

mittens0831 at aol dot com