Playing off the popularity of the BBC's excellent production of "Wolf Hall," about Henry VIII's break with the Catholic Church, the Catholic Herald website imagines what England would have looked like if the King's infant son by Catherine of Aragon had lived to become Henry IX.  Would England have avoided war with Spain? Would the North American colonies have been less Puritan and obstreperous?  There would have been no Elizabeth, no Stuarts, perhaps no beheading of a King, no frantic search for continental monarchs to bring reliable Protestantism.


Grim said...

A fine piece, full of much with which I am inclined to agree.

E Hines said...

I'm having trouble getting past the idea of a non-Elizabethan ending its days as a French or Spanish dependency.

Eric Hines