|Margaret Beaufort at prayer.|
is no doubt Margaret believed totally in God and the teachings of the church, even
her detractors do not deny that. Although she was ambitious and forward
thinking, I am in little doubt that had she lived to see it, she would have
been outraged by Henry VIII’s break from Rome and the dissolution of the
monasteries. She may have embraced change, and perhaps her concern for the
future of the Tudor dynasty would have led her to condone the putting aside of
Catherine of Aragon, but I don’t believe she’d have approved of Anne Boleyn or
the ‘New Religion.’ As to the arrest and execution of her beloved Bishop, John
Fisher – there is no doubt what she’d have thought of that.
The book I am working on now (working title: Sisters of Arden) is set during the dissolution, the research taking me deep into the complexities of the dissolution, the unimaginable upheaval – which I can assure you were far worse than Brexit.
it turned out, Henry’s sole legitimate son ruled for only six years, but in
that time he fully embraced Protestantism and initiated years of religious
turmoil in England. His sister Mary, ruling for just five years, did all in her
power to reverse those actions and reintroduce Catholicism. But, with the
monastic lands now in the possession of the nobles who supported her, she could
do nothing to restore the religious houses. She did however reinstate Catholicism
in England for a time, burning dissenters at the stake and earning herself the
unfortunate label of ‘Bloody Mary.’ On her death, Henry’s daughter by Anne
Boleyn began a prestigious forty-five year reign as Elizabeth I.