Saturday, October 18, 2008

Henry VIII's Rosary

Yes, he had one. Share

4 comments:

Hans Lundahl said...

Why not? He "was a staunch Catholic" said my history teacher: not to the end as distinct from High Church Ritualist Anglican, but as distinct from Protestant/Lutheran.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, indeed, Hans. Henry always considered himself to be a Catholic. Sadly, this did not prevent him from dissolving the monasteries, and having the Carthusian monks hanged, drawn and quartered. Not to mention what he did to St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, and his own cousin Blessed Margaret Pole. And to many, many others.

Hans Lundahl said...

Now THAT is another story, sad enough. Especially since Carthusians were great propagandists for the Rosary.

IN Sweden the first printing press was introduced by them, the first book was an introduction nto Rosary prayer: Gustav Wasa (grandfather of Gustavus Adolphus, also of anti-Catholic fame) confiscated both and used the press to propagate his new royalty (he was born in a Sweden in personal union with Denmark) and the Reformation.

Esther said...

E., I guess it shouldn't be so surprising that he had a Rosary. Yet it is. Wow!