Oct 29, 2023Liked by Ruxandra Teslo

"If Henry VIII were allowed to have multiple concurrent wives, the chances that some of them would have had a healthy firstborn boy would have been much higher." I wonder if Henry ever considered changing that rule. Probably not--although he was pretty close to an absolute monarch, it was probably understood that this applied only as long as he operated within a certain traditional framework.

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well he had to break away with the Catholic Church and plunge his country into religious and political turmoil just to be able to divorce one of his wives; Kings were absolute monarchs but had to operate within the socio-cultural paradigms of the time. I kinda explain this in the 2nd part of the essay where I go into how the Church gaining power over the Middle Ages basically made it impossible for Kings to be polygamous

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