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Title: Henry VIII: Deadbeat Dad?
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(Date Posted:02/20/2009 10:23 AM)
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From: Greensleeves  (Original Message)Sent: 2/1/2008 5:29 PM
THIS is an old article I came across whilst perusing Tudor (which is a splendid site you ought to go peruse yourself).  It's a brief look at what might have happened to Henry VIII had he been hauled into a modern courtroom. 
We often discuss his dealings with his six wives, but not so much his three "legitimate" children, Mary, Elizabeth, & Edward.  It seems that he lavished more time & attention on Fitzroy than either of his daughters.  COULD we call Henry a "deadbeat dad" with a degree of certainty?
From: MSN NicknametudorgalusaSent: 2/1/2008 5:56 PM
Let's see, if Henry went through court here for every divorce, none of his wives would have been killed.  Katherine of Aragon would have gotten half of what he owned and child support until Mary was 18 or out of school.
This would also be the case for Anne and Elizabeth.  Jane died so Edward should have stayed with his father or Henry should have provided better for him.  Child Protective Services would have been called for sure, due to his neglect of Elizabeth and Edward.  He didn't even supply decent clothes as they grew.
Anne of Cleves made out the best and closest to modern time divorces.
Catherine Howard would have just been divorced and probable gotten half of what he had left.
Katherine Parr did not make out so bad either, she got manor houses, jewels, Elizabeth stayed with her, and Edward adored her.
So, I think Henry would have ended up paying alimony, child support and losing half of his estates, gold and jewels.
From: GreensleevesSent: 2/5/2008 2:06 PM
He would've gotten off easy on Mary's child support, considering she was already a teenager by the time he threw Catherine out, but he would've paid a good 18 years on Elizabeth (in NY tis till the child is 21 so I am going by that standard).
Was it Kat Ashley who had the nerve to write to Henry regarding Elizabeth not having any decent clothes to wear?  I remember reading something (methinks in Weir) about even Mary feeling sorry for her & sending her a new gown as a New Year's gift.  You would've thought Henry would be ashamed to have any of his kids running around in garb unbefitting their station as a king's child
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