Henry VIII was a
true Renaissance man. Not only was he King and statesman but he loved
to compose music, was educated in the classics, could speak and write
several languages, including Latin, fluently, enjoyed dancing, was
deeply religious, studied philosphy and theosophy, wrote prose and
poetry, and in his prime was a superb athlete and warrior.
His nature was artistic, grand, ebullient, and wildly romantic.
He might not have been so lethal to his wives if he was not such a firm
believer in the sanctity of matrimony. Henry was an amazingly
conventional man for one who created such upheaval for his country. He
might not have been so lethal to his wives if he was not such a firm
believer in the sanctity of matrimony. Henry loved wine, women, and
song. It was balancing his lust for life, love, and art with his
religion that often caused him to take a misstep as well as his enormous
ego (a life of privilege can do that to a person) and his cruel streak.