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Henry VIII

Felt better today, not so tired and my throat not so funny. Henry had an hour-long private Kung Fu lesson today, and group class this evening. He loves Kung Fu so much!

The Introverted Knitters are thinking of listening to an audiobook at our meetings, though we have yet to work out the details. Please join us, all you introverted knitters/crocheters/spinners/crafters!

We went to the library yesterday and I got a biography of Henry VIII for young adults. It’s only about half an inch thick, and I read the entire thing in one afternoon. I know I didn’t learn everything there is to know about Henry VIII, but I know a whole lot more than I used to. I know who his father was, why Henry VIII was so extremely obsessed with having an heir, and the names/fates of all his wives. Also the whole Church of England thing. We’ve got Episode 1 of Season 2 of The Tudors waiting for us to watch it when we have time; looking forward to that! I will be surprised if they continue the series for very many more seasons, though. Henry VIII will become extremely unpleasant pretty soon, and I think it might be hard for Television to have such an unsympathetic and unappealing main character… He makes Tony Soprano look like Santa Claus.

Also reading The Hidden Family by Charles Stross. Some bits of it are kind of dull (clan wars, assassins, whatever), but I really love Steampunk Land :)

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  1. Kathy

    Henry is getting such a great education! You are tops!

    What’s going on with the homeschooling law in California?

    Also the whole Church of England thing. No kidding! That’s my church now…one of things I rather enjoy about it is the depth of history around it. Let me know what you think of The Tudors.

  2. kara

    Hey Kathy!

    Oh, we watched all of The Tudors, season 1, already. We loved it. How to describe it… well, it’s on Showtime (that should tell you something). Not suitable for young’uns. There’s a LOT of skin. (season two is supposed to be much darker, and less skin-filled, yay) There’s a good amount of historical inaccuracy. But — there’s a surprising amount of accuracy, and the cast is utterly magnificent. The sets, scenery, costumes are lush, even if a bit wrong sometimes. The writing is not bad! Henry is played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers (soccer coach in Bend it like Beckham) who is… hot. He’s a perfect Henry, surprisingly. Extremely intense, passionate, moody, a hint of the nuttiness to come. Everyone is there whom you’d expect to see, and they’re wonderful — Catherine of Aragon, Thomas Moore, Cardinal Woolsey, the entire scheming Boleyn family, even Thomas Tallis shows up for a while, which made me happy, even though he needed to comb his hair and they gave him kind of a silly plotline. (I think they wanted the modern audience to understand that he was a rock star in his day , sorta ;-)

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