Blogs, Royalty & Factories

Catherine of Aragon & Henry VIII from another TV series (1970)

Catherine of Aragon & Henry VIII from another TV series (1970)

As I watch the Tudors, I now viscerally understand how intermarrying between countries was used as one layer of insurance to avoid war. For instance, King Henry VIII, among his 6 wives, married both Catherine of Aragon (Spain) and Anne of Cleves (Germany).

Going back prior to the House of Tudor (1485-1603), we see the same in the House of Plantagenet (1216-1485) and the House of Normady (1066-1216), and the House of Wessex (871-1066).

Sorry, prior to this TV series, I would have described myself as very anti-royalty and certainly very uninterested in them, but the later has weakened. The framework of the houses gives me a skeleton upon which to hang (and thus remember) English history.

Back to the post title: Modern capitalist nations build factories in each other’s countries for economic reasons, but this also adds a layer of safeguard from invasion. For if we destroy an enemy’s lands, we may destroy our own investments.

This all made me think about blogs: if we want others to visit our blogs and be civil and productive here, we best be civil and productive on theirs. And from my experience, most bloggers, love to have visitors of civil commentors.

These civil exchanges between countries can ironically change the nature of a country and similarly, marrying between religions can change religions. Exchange can do wonders to eat away parochialism. And so dialogue and civil arguments between blogs will slowly and inevitably alter both bloggers. Agreeing on terms of exchange is part of the means of securing the fruitfulness of such exchanges. Agreeing on methods of argumentation is such a method aimed at fruitfulness.

Trivia question for readers:  In the song, “I’m Henery the Eight, I am“, which wife had seven prior husbands?  Is that just a myth?  In my head, the song was about Henry himself and I though he had 8 wives — but he only had 6!  That this song sings in my brain while watching the series shows both my age and the silliness of our brains.


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2 responses to “Blogs, Royalty & Factories

  1. Now you’ve implanted that song in my head, Sabio! It’s a silly pop tune with no real reference to the historical Henry VIII: the “widow next door” is the one who’s been married “seven times or more!” (And all of her husbands were named “‘Enery.” I would have been alarmed at that. 😉 ) I remember seeing Heman’s Hermits performing that song on the Ed Sullivan Show—that’s how old I am, though I’ll add that I was still in elementary school.

    One irony I find in the saga of Henry VIII is that the reason he switched wives so frequently was to produce a male heir, and so prevent the civil wars that plagued England prior to the Tudors’ ascent to the throne. He begat one illegitimate son who had no inheritance rights, and the sickly Edward VI, who was king for six troubled years. It was his disowned daughter Elizabeth however who placed England on its path as a world power and created a civil settlement between Protestants and Catholics, making England one of the more tolerant nations in Europe, at least until her death. It was also noted that Elizabeth resembled her father not only in height and in her mane of reddish-blond hair, but in her temper and stern will. Sexist Henry never gave his daughter a chance to prove herself in his lifetime, but she was a far greater ruler than many of the male monarchs in neighboring countries. It’s interesting to think how different (and perhaps dull) Henry’s rule would have been had he been content with the two daughters he had early on.

  2. Thanx, Fascinating history on the King — thanx for the additional info!

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