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Historian claims Henry VIII had secret daughter

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Post by EC2 » Mon January 9th, 2012, 11:59 am

That's the good old Daily Mail for you. Used to be not too bad (like 40 years ago) but has now become a twisted tabloid with a certain reputation.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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Post by Mythica » Mon January 9th, 2012, 3:08 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]Has anyone heard of this woman who has made these claims?

Elizabeth Norton? She's written a number of biographies on the wives of Henry VIII. She also wrote the "other She Wolves book", She Wolves: The Notorious Queens of England. The more popular one, She Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, was written by Helen Castor. Norton's "She Wolves" gets pretty poor reviews so I stayed away from it and read Castor's instead. Norton's Tudor wives bios get better reviews... but this article certainly doesn't make me want to go out and buy them. Neither do some of the summaries of her books: the one for "She Wolves" paints the queens of England as women who took part in "witchcraft, murder, adultery, and incest". Okay, adultery is sometimes true but everything else? And the blurb for her bio on Catherine Parr refers to Henry VIII's as "elderly"! Um, he was 55 when he died... I don't consider that elderly! Maybe I'm being unfair because I haven't read anything by her but I don't put a lot of stock in her work.

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