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Theatre: Henry VIII
Henry VIII 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. While most other works about the English reformation present Anne in a tragic light this play ends with the birth of their daughter and doesn't cover the circumstances of Anne's execution or Henry's other four wives. The play is not as widely performed as most of Shakespeare's other works.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Babies Ever After: The play ends with the baptism of Princess Elizabeth. Of course it seems to imply that everything works out just great for Anne and Henry.
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  • Corrupt Church: The Catholic Church, especially as personified by Cardinal Wolsey.
  • Covers Always Lie: The subtitle for this play is "All is True."
  • Demoted to Extra: There is a passing reference to Elizabeth's older half-sister Princess Mary but she is not really a character in the play.
  • 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.

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