Henry VIII of England

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Henry VIII by Hans Holbein the Younger

Henry VIII (1491–1547) was king of England from 1509 until his death. As well as for taking six wives, his reign was famous for big religious changes, especially the English Reformation.

Sourced quotes

  • "That man hath the sow by the right ear."[1]
Translation: That man has the sow by the right ear.
About the quote: Of Thomas Cranmer, who was executed in the English Reformation for not recognising the king as head of the Church.
  • "The King found her so different from her picture...that...he swore they had brought him a Flanders mare."[2]
Simple: The king found her [looking] so different from her picture...that...he swore they had brought him a Flanders horse.
About the quote: Speaking of his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

Notes

  1. Foxe, p. 7
  2. "Henry VIII" The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed on 25 November 2008

References

  • Foxe, John (1839). The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe. R. B. Seeley and W. Burnside. 
  • "Henry VIII" The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed on 25 November 2008

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