The Disillusion of King Henry VIII

By Kerry John Furber

Comedy & satire, Historical fiction, General fiction | eBook


In 1527, the 36-year-old King Henry VIII of England, was feeling a little peeved. His Spanish wife of eighteen years, Catherine of Aragon, had failed to deliver a male heir to the English throne. The philandering Henry was now conducting affairs with the Boleyn sisters, Mary and Anne, and was looking for a way out of his marriage. In September 1527, Henry and Cardinal Wolsey dispatched Sir William Knight, the 52-year-old Archdeacon of Huntingdon, down through France, across the Alps and onwards to Rome, in order to seek the Pope's permission for divorce. This is the hilarious story of Sir William’s adventure-filled journey - from September 1527 until he returned to London in February 1528. It concludes in the late summer of 1529, when the Papal Legatine Court, held in London, finally heard the evidence proper regarding Henry’s request for annulment. So, what was it like being an Englishman abroad in the early 16th Century? Well, it was pretty much like it is today - except it was five hundred years different . . . . .


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In 1527, the 36-year-old King Henry VIII of England, was feeling a little peeved. His Spanish wife of eighteen years, Catherine of Aragon, had failed to deliver a male heir to the English throne. The philandering Henry was now conducting affairs with the Boleyn sisters, Mary and Anne, and was looking for a way out of his marriage. In September 1527, Henry and Cardinal Wolsey dispatched Sir William Knight, the 52-year-old Archdeacon of Huntingdon, down through France, across the Alps and onwards to Rome, in order to seek the Pope's permission for divorce. This is the hilarious story of Sir William’s adventure-filled journey - from September 1527 until he returned to London in February 1528. It concludes in the late summer of 1529, when the Papal Legatine Court, held in London, finally heard...


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Kerry John Furber, MSc, was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1957. He was educated at Worcester Royal Grammar School, founded c.685, which claims to be the 6th oldest school in the world. He has a Master’s Degree from Leicester University, to add to the several hangovers he achieved at Loughborough University during the dark ages of the late 70’s. He began writing poetry when aged 14 and has had several poems published in anthologies and journals down the years. He has recently written a series of children’s stories, plus a comic novel ‘The Disillusion of King Henry VIII’, based on an original idea by Ian Thomson, a best friend from University days. He was married and has one son. He is a musician of sorts, a keen consumer of most things musical and lists rattlesnakes and wasps among his pet hates. He's had dinner as a guest of Ravi Shankar, made Ray Davies cry at a book signing, and slept in a bed once occupied by Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee.


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Kerry John Furber, MSc, was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1957. He was educated at Worcester Royal Grammar School, founded c.685, which claims to be the 6th oldest school in the world. He has a Master’s Degree from Leicester University, to add to the several hangovers he achieved at Loughborough University during the dark ages of the late 70’s. He began writing poetry when aged 14 and has had se...


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