Henry VIII was not my favourite historical character. Women to him, were totally expendable. His fierce desire to have a male child, had blinded him to the possibilities of a daughter. I think many men still make that mistake, when they yearn for a son to follow in their footsteps.
My father was not like that. He was passionate about my education.
Henry should have been a little more open-minded, as it was his daughter Elizabeth 1, who was destined to become one of Britain’s greatest rulers. Her speech whilst waiting to face The Spanish Armada, is a favourite of mine. (Excerpt below:)
I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman but I have the heart and stomach of a king.