Suzannah Lipscomb claims that the accumulated effects of 1536 worked together to deeply affect the personality and behaviour of Henry VIII and from this year onwards we can see the affects of these events in his tyrannical behaviour.
Personally I have always felt that there was so much going on for Henry VIII during the year 1536, from the death of Katherine of Aragon to the fall of Anne Boleyn to the dyin of Henry ’ s on Henry Fitzroy, and then the Pilgrimage of Grace; that surely all these dramatic events must have played heavily on the aging Tudor King.
Lipscomb looks into each of these events and others and uses a great deal of evidence to show the changing personality of one of ngland ’ s most famous Kings.
Before this infamous year Henry VIII was described as a charmin and excellent King, he was beautiful to look at and full of energy and vigour.
Henry VIII was a glorious King who the people seemed to greatly love and admire.
No longer was Henry VIII the fit robust man of his youth, now he was a an with a painful ulcerated leg who was often in pain and nable to participate in many masculine sports.
Philip was now a man entering old age and still he had no son to be his daughte.
After this blow to Henry ’ s femininity, sense of power and honour by Anne Boleyn ’ s alleged affairs Henry VIII decided to take some action.
No longer does Henry appear to be a man betrayed by his aunt, whose masculinity and age is passing him by.
Lipscomb describes how these painting were used as a ool for Henry to assert his strength, power, virility and rightful place as King of ngland.
The firs event that Lipscomb looks at is the Pilgrimage of Grace and she delves into the theology behind Henry VIII ’ s religious beliefs.
Lipscomb looks at these articles and Henry ’ s underlying beliefs regarding religion and the Christian church and how it was not only his rule, but his duty as the King to teach and guide the common people in their daily and religious lives.
Lipscomb shows how Henry took this as a personal attack not only upon his religious beliefs but upon his person – after all it was his job to love and guide the people and now they were rebelling against him.
Lipscomb describes that Henry VIII often did this to avoid the humiliation and disgrace that could come from a public trial – as in the ase of Anne Boleyn.
208) .Lastly Lipscomb sums up all the events throughout 1536 and looks at the changing personality of Henry VIII.
She gives countless examples of how these events affected Henry and how his personality changed from a once gracious and loving King to a ing who was constantly suspicious, saw betrayal everywhere and was a man without mercy and showed great cruelty to those who he believed had offended or betrayed him.
I agree with Lipscomb, from 1536 Henry VIII did become a tyrant and his actions towards the people of England speak louder for this than any words can.