King Henry VIII | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gordon McMullan

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of King Henry VIII.
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Critical Essay by Gordon McMullan

SOURCE: “‘Thou Hast Made Me Now a Man’: Reforming Man(ner)liness in Henry VIII,” in Shakespeare's Late Plays: New Readings, edited by Jennifer Richards and James Knowles, Edinburgh University Press, 1999, pp. 40-56.

In the following essay, McMullan explores Henry VIII's treatment of contemporary definitions of manliness, examining standards of masculinity and appropriate social conduct.

I

‘Thou hast made me now a man’, Henry tells Cranmer after the archbishop has spoken prophetic words over the baby Elizabeth in the christening scene at the close of Henry VIII, announcing ‘never before / This happy child did I get anything’ (V, iv, 64-5). This claim of the king's that his masculinity has only now finally been established by his fathering (or perhaps more accurately, by Cranmer's christening) of...

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