The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers: A Novel Themes

Margaret George
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The Desire for Power

The desire for power is a recurring theme, which is seen through the actions of many of the characters. Henry VIII is naturally one of those and it's he who tells his father that it was ordained that he should rule England. Though Henry seemed to accept his role as second son, he readily embraces his new role as heir to the throne. He does show moments of doubt in his ability, but eventually comes relish most of the powers he wields as king.

There are those who also seek to share in Henry's power. Most notable are the women who share his bed or take on the role as Queen of England opposite Henry. Anne Boleyn is among those, as is Catherine Howard. Both snared Henry in their quest for the ultimate power a woman of the day could have. There were others who...

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