is a play by William Shakespeare
. It tells the story of King Henry VIII
of England, focusing on his divorce from Katherine of Aragon, his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth.
Provides Examples Of:
- Character Title
- Corrupt Church: The Catholic Church, especially as personified by Cardinal Wolsey.
- Kangaroo Court: Katherine's divorce proceedings.
- Politically Correct History: Elizabeth's birth is the happy ending of this play, with everyone talking about how wonderful it will be when she's queen (oddly, evidence is racking up that this was written during James's reign). Never mind that, at the time of her birth, there was no reason to believe that Elizabeth would ever become queen; indeed, the fact that Henry and Katherine already had a daughter is carefully omitted.
- Written by the Winners: Shakespeare often included propaganda on his "historical plays" to please the royal family.