3 of 5 stars to Henry VIII, a play written in 1613 by William Shakespeare. This play originally had a different title and there is also some suspicion that it was co-written with another person at the time. It was towards the end of Shakespeare’s career where while his brilliance had grown quite impressive, his fame and fortune was also being thrust more and more into the spotlight to the point of being accused of some level of crimes against the government. Similarly, the battles between the different churches of England were in full swing. When you read this play, you sense a bit of disconnect. It’s not a comedy or a tragedy in my opinion. It’s about reality, i.e. what King Henry VIII had been previously going through with this divorces, six wives, etc. The focus is on Katherine of Aragon and the church’s position on Henry’s request to re-marry. There are lots of good lines and passages in the play, but it isn’t one of his better plays. I’m also not one for propaganda-type literature, instead preferring something to take me away from reality.
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