Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Christina of Milan (Denmark) on Henry the 8th

  1. Henry was halfway through his six wives. As the saying goes:
  • Divorced
  • Executed
  • Died
  • Divorced
  • Executed
  • Survived

After wife number three died, Hans Holbein arrived to paint Christina of Milan’s portrait. Already a widow at age 16, she had no desire to become Henry’s new wife. When the English emissary praised Henry as the kindest, gentlest prince, she laughed at him. She is reported to have said:

“If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England’s disposal.”

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Seawriter Member

    Marriage is a great institution, but even marriage is not worth losing your head over.

    • #1
    • August 13, 2019, at 10:37 AM PST
  2. Titus Techera Contributor

    But who wants to be in an institution!

    • #2
    • August 13, 2019, at 10:36 PM PST
  3. Cato Rand Reagan

    Apropos of nothing, we saw this a few weeks ago and it was an incredible show. The production in Chicago has closed but it was a smash and is heading to Broadway. If you get a chance to see it you won’t regret it.

    • #3
    • August 14, 2019, at 12:54 AM PST
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  4. Lois Lane Coolidge

    I’m a sucker for all things Tudor. The good lady”s fears were not completely accurate though. The Anne that Henry thought looked like a horse did not lose her head. Rather, she was discarded with the gift of the actually beheaded Anne’s castle where she would some times play poker with the ill tempered king. Since she was thus able to avoid being ruled by her brothers, she came out ahead in the deal. However, I understand why no one would want to bet on that possible outcome!

    • #4
    • August 14, 2019, at 5:13 AM PST
  5. Douglas Pratt Member

    “Marriage isn’t a word. It’s a sentence.”

    Henny Youngmann, possibly inspired by Henry the Eighth.

    • #5
    • August 14, 2019, at 6:49 AM PST