He Would Have Been 525 Year Old.

Henry VIII.1a

Henry VIII of England.

28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547.

Henry VIII : six marriages, was the key figure in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and in establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

“He was responsible for the death of his two wives, twenty peers, four leading public servants, six close attendants and friends, one cardinal and numerous abbots.”

Henry VIII.2.a

Henry VIII.3c

Henry was given everything: a peaceful and happy childhood, unchallenged succession to the throne, good health, courage, charisma, energy, intelligence, terrific learning abilities, a brilliant education, rare talent in poetry, music and dance.

Certain historians believe Henry VIII to be merely a victim of various court intrigues and political schemes against him. However, if we must look at him as “a victim” it would be more accurate to say that he was a victim of his own character i.e. his selfishness and a strong yet blind belief in his own infallibility.

Henry VIII.3b

Doll

Created:  2008.

Height: 29 cm (without a hat).

Material: air-hardening sculpting material, wire, fabric.

Costume: three layers of clothing.

© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA

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Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn (c.1501- 1536) – Queen of England, who could not produce a male heir for the King, but who bore a female heir to the throne of England- Elizabeth I.

Anne Boleyn Anne Boleyn

She was the second of King Henry VIII six wives and the first of two who were beheaded.

Everything was noble in this woman – her birth, her appearance, mind and manners. She was a daughter of an outstanding English diplomat. Being a girl (12 -15 yeas-old) she bewitched the rulers of Netherlands and France whilst living at their courts. In 1522 Anne was recalled to England where she became one of the most sophisticated and stylish women of the court. In 1533 after her marriage to Henry VIII she became the Queen of England. It seemed that such a talented, educated and intelligent woman could do everything that was required of a queen. But she could not. She could not bear a male heir for the king and that sealed her doom. In 1536 Anne was executed.

 Doll

Created: October 2008

Height: 27 cm (without a hat)

Material: artificial clay (air-hardening sculpting material), wire, fabric

Costume: three layers of clothing

© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA

 

Henry VIII

2. Henry VIII (1491-1547) – King of England

Henry VIII Henry VIII

Henry VIII : six marriages, was the key figure in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and in establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

He was responsible for the beheading of his two wives and for the deaths of the great English humanists

Henry was given everything: a peaceful and happy childhood, unchallenged succession to the throne, good health, courage, charisma, energy, intelligence, terrific leaning abilities, a brilliant education, rare talent in poetry, music and dance.

Certain historians believe Henry VIII to be merely a victim of various court intrigues and political schemes against him. However, if we must look at him as “a victim” it would be more accurate to say that he was a victim of his own character i.e. his selfishness and a strong yet blind belief in his own infallibility.

Doll

Created: November 2008

Height: 29 cm (without a hat)

Material: artificial clay (air-hardening sculpting material), wire, fabric

Costume: three layers of clothing

© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA