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November 18, 2008

King’s Love Letters

I read in the New Zealand Herald today that some of King Henry VIII’s love letters, along with thousands of other Tudor and Elizabethan documents, go online this month for public viewing.

The love letters were written by the king in 1527 to the woman who became his second wife. He was still married to Catherine of Aragon at the time. He writes to Anne: “I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.”

Here’s the link. It wasn’t live when I went to look, but they say it will go live very soon.

10 Comments

  1. JK Coi

    Oooh, thanks! I’m going to jump over and check it out.

  2. Jennifer Shirk

    Wow. He had a way with words. :smile:

  3. Amy Ruttan

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. :mrgreen:

  4. Gabriele

    Lol, Jennifer, don’t trust those sweet spoken guys. Look how that relationship ended. :razz:

    Cool link, thank’s for sharing, Shelley.

  5. Kaye Manro

    Wow Shelley, you always find the best stuff. Thanks– I love history. It’s so intriguing to read old love letters isn’t it? I guess it’s the incurable romantic in all of us.

  6. Shelley Munro

    LOL – Gabriele – exactly! That smooth tongue got women in trouble. Things didn’t end well!

    I cn’t wait for the link to go live. The internet is wonderful for stuff like this.

  7. Sandra

    Very cool. Thanks for posting.

  8. Barbara Martin

    Now the historical and romance authors have love letters and research material at their fingertips. Thanks for this link, Shelley. I’m sure to put this to good use.

  9. Wylie Kinson

    Have you seen The Tudors? Some of the letters he wrote to Anne are worked into the storyline. He was a real romantic! At least until he found it necessary to lop of heads ;)

  10. Shelley Munro

    No, I haven’t seen the Tudors. By all accounts he was a good looking man before he started eating too much! That lopping heads off thing would have put me off though.

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