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Who believes them? But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous… Download the free PDF. All rights reserved. The Skeptics Society P. Brilliant article! The more I research, the more I wonder just I just checked what I wrote and my only reference to Howard Vyse did not use dynamite. These latest scans seem to The word fair back then would have meant pretty or We might well argue that she had no real option: to turn Henry down could have had dire consequences for herself and her family.
Her narrow career path lay before her and all she could do was walk it with cautious steps. But Parr was no mere pragmatist — she enjoyed all the obvious perks of her exalted position and was careful not to jeopardise that position by putting a foot wrong.
These writings reveal, first of all, that Katherine embarked on her marriage to Henry at great emotional cost: she was in love with someone else. Katherine later wrote to Seymour to tell him that as soon as her husband Lord Latimer had died in February Howbeit, God withstood my will therein most vehemently for a time and, through his grace and goodness, made that possible which seemeth to me most unpossible… to renounce utterly mine own will and to follow His will most willingly.
Katherine asked Henry for time to consider his proposal and gave herself to earnest prayer. The modern historian runs into difficulties when explaining 16th-century attitudes to 21st-century readers. In the spiritual autobiography Queen Katherine published for all the world to read, she declared:. With the execution of Thomas Cromwell in July the Reformation had stalled.
The reactionaries had regained the initiative and a major part of their campaign was the removal from office of those they considered to be tainted with heresy. At the very time that Katherine was weighing her options, a witch hunt begun in Windsor had brought to the stake members of the royal household. More importantly, a widespread plot was underway aimed at destroying the leading reformer, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer.
The intriguers had to tread carefully because the king was always wary of the purge getting too close to the court and his own personal attendants. Katherine, whose own sympathies lay firmly with the reformers, was well aware that, as queen, she would be entering dangerous territory. One of them, Francis Goldsmith, compared her to Esther, the Old Testament Jewish heroine who became queen to the Persian King Ahasuerus and used her position to alleviate the sufferings of her people.
And Thomas Seymour? The new queen certainly turned out to be a veritable Esther.
Duisberg is one of thousands of planets plunged into darkness and chaos by the collapse of the galactic republic, but where other worlds have begun to rebuild a star-travelling culture, Duisberg remains in an uneasy balance between mud-brick civilization and bloodthirsty barbarism. Many will still retain their faith, but it will not be strong enough to remain steadfast, when they will be seeing what nobody can imagine. And her loyal support for the military adventure was not confined to administrative activities in camera. Prescott [bYt. Stauffer [iO6. Eric Flint.
During the crucial three-and-a-half years the pair were married the balance swung in favour of the reformers. This was not entirely due to Katherine — for example, the plot against Cranmer collapsed largely because the plotters led by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester overplayed their hand. In her relations with the king Katherine was young enough to interest him sexually and mature enough to perceive and cater to his other needs.
But the queen went further — notably in reconnecting Henry with his children, whom he rarely saw. Mary who was 28 in , Elizabeth 11 and Edward 7 lived in various royal manors in the home counties. The girls had both been bastardised and were excluded from the court, while Edward, as the sole heir, was kept far away from the plague-ridden capital. Extant letters, written between and , bear witness to a very warm relationship between the royal children and their stepmother.
Whether sending a court musician to perform for Mary or correcting the Latin exercises of Edward and Elizabeth, Katherine took a keen interest in their wellbeing. The queen also played a prominent role in state affairs. When Henry was absent on campaign in France between mid-July and late September he left Katherine to oversee a regency council headed by Cranmer who was now fully restored to favour.