Almost everyone knows, or thought that they knew, that Henry VIII had six wives and every school child remembers; divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded and survived.
Fewer people know that he had at least ten or eleven mistresses and at least 4 or 5 illegitimate children but probably more. He also had many more children that did not survive infancy a not uncommon occurrence in Tudor times. He had at least 10 by his first three wives alone.
How different our history would have been if one of these had survived, been male and legitimate and became King Henry the IXth.
What hardly anyone knows is that he actually married one of his mistresses in 1538 so in fact the school yard rhyme should read ; divorced, beheaded, died, murdered, divorced, beheaded and survived
Ok I'm a Henry VIII junkie, so you had me at word one. Don't ask me why,I don't have a good reason. Something in me just thrills when Henry VIII is a subject.
As for mistresses and illegitimate kids, yeah I was aware. Actually the rhyme goes, "King Henry the Eighth to six spouses was wedded, one died, one survived, two divorced, two beheaded." It doesn't take into account which happened in what order. Still I like your premise. In fact Mary Boelyn (That Other Boelyn Girl) seems to be the mother of one of his children. (Assuming that isn't just fiction.)
Okay so now I want to read your book. But your link is broken.