Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Twitter Ye Not - Ascension to the Throne by Henry VIII

Twitter Ye Not - Ascension to the Throne by Henry VIII

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On the 21st April 1509, King Henry VIII ascended to the throne upon the death of his father, Henry VII. Here, we imagine how the 17 year old new king was received on Twitter.

I've shown the new King Henry VIII, young and thin, but still definitely no Jonathan Rhys Meyers, looking on with distain at his new wife, and his older brother Arthur's widow, fat-faced Catherine of Aragon.

Henry's older brother Arthur died mysteriously from what was termed the Sweating Sickness before his father's death so never made it to the throne (or gave us a real King Arthur).

Catherine was the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who unified Spain, and endorsed Columbus' voyage to discover the Americas.

Between them is the knotted monogram (H+K) used for their wedding, and behind Harry is their badge, a conjoined Rose and Pomegranate. Despite feeling like sloppy seconds, Henry stayed with Catherine for 24 years before dumping her in favour of Anne Boleyn 0r Bullen.

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