The other day I stood at the place where King Henry VIII was born. I recall the exhibit at the British Library a couple years back for the centenary of the coronation of that King. On the way into the exhibit a blurb on the wall described him as a “monster”. Among the items in the exhibit were Cromwell’s list of things-to-do (More’s and Fisher’s names were checked off) and St. Thomas More’s final letter to the King about to have him beheaded. St. Thomas wrote:
‘I shold onys mete with your Grace agayn in hevyn, and there be mery with you.’
At American Catholic I spotted this quote from Winston Churchill:
Here are the words of Sir Winston Churchill on More:
“The resistance of More and Fisher to the royal supremacy in Church government was a heroic stand. They realised the defects of the existing Catholic system, but they hated and feared the aggressive nationalism which was destroying the unity of Christendom. They saw that the break with Rome carried with it the risk of a despotism freed from every fetter. More stood forth as the defender of all that was finest in the medieval outlook. He represents to history its universality, its belief in spiritual values, and its instinctive sense of otherworldliness. Henry VIII with cruel axe decapitated not only a wise and gifted counselor, but a system which, though it had failed to live up to its ideals in practice, had for long furnished mankind with its brightest dreams.”
A nice little montage was posted over there, by the way, made of clips from The Tudors, a dreadful show in some few but important respects, but in the balance pretty fair to the Church. I am guessing that since it was made in Ireland, the makers hated the Henry and the English more than the Church, so they treated the Church pretty well. The depiction of Sts. Thomas and John Fisher were very good.
I am digressing. Montage…