King Henry VIII Quotes
King Henry VIII Quotes
The Love him or hate him no-one could ignore King Henry VIII or what he said. King Henry VIII rules as an absolute monarch his word was law. The King Henry VIII quotes cover different events in the life of this famous Tudor king. The most famous quotes by King Henry VIII are about his wives. These famous quotes provide a real insight into the real King Henry VIII. The King Henry VIII quotes about his six wives sum up the relationships in a few short words. His love, hate, passion and lust are reflected in these famous Henry VIII quotes. Other major events and people are also featured in these quotes. The King Henry VIII quotes relating to his views on religion. His views on the Lincoln uprising and his terrifying threats to would-be traitors. Read these King Henry VIII quotes and start to understand the man behind the king.
King Henry VIII Quotes regarding Catherine of Aragon
In respect of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon King Henry VIII stated that the lack of an heir was because his marriage was:
"blighted in the eyes of God"
King Henry VIII became obsessed with the text in Leviticus regarding his childless marriage to Catherine of Aragon which stated:
'If a man shall take his brother's wife it is an unclean thing... they shall be childless.' (Leviticus, XX, 21)
King Henry VIII Quotes regarding Anne Boleyn
In respect of his feelings for Anne Boleyn during their courtship King Henry VIII wrote the following quote from a love letter to Anne which was written in 1528:
"In debating with myself the contents of your letters I have been put to a great agony; not knowing how to understand them, whether to my disadvantage as shown in some places, or to my advantage as in others. I beseech you now with all my heart definitely to let me know your whole mind as to the love between us; for necessity compels me to plague you for a reply, having been for more than a year now struck by the dart of love, and being uncertain either of failure or of finding a place in your heart and affection..."
His lust and passion for Anne Boleyn during their courtship can be seen from this quote by King Henry VIII taken from another love letter to Anne Boleyn
"...to wish myself (specially an evening) in my sweetheart's arms,
whose pretty ducks [breasts] I trust shortly to kiss."
King Henry VIII Quotes to Jane Seymour
This quote by King Henry VIII taken from another love letter but this time to Jane Seymour. Henry is believed to have written this whilst Queen Anne Boleyn was in the Tower of London, awaiting her execution.
"My Dear friend and mistress,
"The bearer of these few lines from thy entirely devoted servant will deliver into thy fair hands a token of my true affection for thee, hoping you will keep it for ever in your sincere love for me. Advertising you that there is a ballad made lately of great derision against us, which if it go abroad and is seen by you; I pray you to pay no manner of regard to it. I am not at present informed who is the setter forth of this malignant writing; but if he is found out, he shall be straitly punished for it.
"For the things ye lacked, I have minded my lord to supply them to you as soon as he could buy them. Thus hoping, shortly to receive you in these arms, I end for the present,
"Your own loving servant and sovereign
The next quote by King Henry VIII regarding Jane Seymour is taken from a letter to the Duke of Norfolk in which he expresses his intention to stay close to her during her pregnancy:
"...being but a woman, upon some sudden and displeasant rumours and bruits that might by foolish or light persons be blown abroad in our absence, being specially so far from her, she might take to her stomach such impressions as might engender no little danger or displeasure to the infant with which she is now pregnant (which God forbid!), it hath been thought by our council very necessary that, for avoiding such perils, we should not extend our progress further from her than sixty miles".
The next quote by King Henry VIII regarding Jane Seymour is taken from his last will and testament which requested:
"that the bones and body of his true and 'loving wife, queen Jane,' were to be placed in his tomb."
King Henry VIII Quotes about Anne of Cleves
These quotes by King Henry VIII to Thomas Cromwell about Anne of Cleves relate to the reasons for their disastrous marriage blamed on the physical appearance of Anne of Cleves:
"You have sent me a Flanders mare!"
This Henry VIII quote to Thomas Cromwell on the day of his wedding to Anne of Cleves on 5 Jan 1540.
"My Lord, if it were not to satisfy the world, and my Realm, I would not do that I must do this day
for none earthly thing."
King Henry VIII Quotes regarding Catherine Howard
This famous King Henry VIII quote was made respect of his feelings for the pretty, but promiscuous, Catherine Howard who he described as his:
"Rose without a thorn"
King Henry VIII Quote about Catherine Parr
This comment, or quote by Henry VIII about Catherine Parr was made when the king left for France on a military campaign in July 1544. He had given Catherine Parr the great honour of being Regent of England during his absence and referred to her as his
"most dearly and most entirely beloved wife"
King Henry VIII Quote regarding his role as Supreme Head of the Church of England
Quote by King Henry VIII to the Speaker and a deputation of Parliament regarding his role as Supreme Head of the English Church
"Well-beloved subjects, we thought that the clergy of our realm had been our subjects wholly, but now we have well perceived that they be but half our subjects; yea, and scarce our subjects; for all the prelates at their consecration make an oath to the Pope clean contrary to the oath that they make to us, so that they seem to be his subjects, and not ours".
King Henry VIII Quotes regarding the uprising in Lincolnshire
Quote by King Henry VIII on the uprising in Lincolnshire:
"How presumptuous then are ye, the rude commons of one shire. . .to find fault with your Prince. . . . Wherefore, Sirs, remember your follies and traitorous demeanours, and shame not your undoubted King and natural Prince. . . ; and remember your duty of allegiance, and that ye are bound to obey us, your King, both by God's commandment and law of nature. . . . Withdraw yourselves to your own houses, every man; and no more assemble, contrary to our laws and your allegiances; and to cause the provokers of you to this mischief to be delivered to our Lieutenant's hand, or ours, and you yourselves to submit you to such condigne punishment, as we and our nobles shall think you worthy. For doubt ye not else, that we, and our nobles, unrevenged. . .thus we pray unto Almighty God to give you grace to do your duties, and to use yourselves towards us like true and faithful subjects. . .or put yourselves, your lives and wives, children, lands, goods and chattels, besides the indignation of God, in the utter adventure of total destruction and utter ruin by force and violence of the sword"
Henry further ordered the Duke of Suffolk that
"if further rising was attempted
he must immediately attack Louth and 'with all extremity destroy, burn and kill, man,
woman, and child, the terrible example of all others"
King Henry VIII Quote regarding Thomas Cromwell
Quote by King Henry VIII regarding Thomas Cromwell shortly after Cromwell's execution
"On light pretexts, by false accusations, they made me put to death the most faithful servant I ever had."
King Henry VIII Quote made to Cardinal Wolsey
Quote by King Henry VIII made to Cardinal Wolsey in 1515:
"We are, by the sufferance of God, King of England; and the Kings of England in times past never had any superior but God."
King Henry VIII Quotes regarding the Clergy and their Allegiance to the Pope
The following quote by King Henry VIII was made on 11th May 1532 in his a speech to Parliament attacking the clergy for their allegiance to the Pope:
"We thought that the clergy of our realm had been our subjects wholly, but now we have well perceived that they be but half our subjects, yea, and scarce our subjects: for all the prelates at their consecration make an oath to the Pope, clean contrary to the oath that they make to us,
so that they seem to be his subjects, and not ours."
King Henry VIII Quotes regarding the Bible
The following quote by King Henry VIII was made in 1545 in his a speech to Parliament in the Act for the Advancement of True Religion when he restricted the reading of Bible to noblemen and women:
"...although you be permitted to read Holy Scripture and to have the Word of God in your mother-tongue, you must understand that it is licensed you so to do only to inform your own conscience and to instruct your children and family...I am very sorry to know and hear how unreverently that most precious jewel, the Word of God, is disputed, rhymed, sung and jangled in every ale-house and tavern, contrary to the true meaning and doctrine of the same."
King Henry VIII Quotes
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