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‘The Spanish Princess’: The Real Game of Thrones

There has been great public fascination with the story of the Plantagenet super-dynasties, and particularly, the House of Tudor, since William Shakespeare’s play Henry VIII (also known as All Is True) and its infamous performance in 1613 when a special-effects cannon-shot started a fire that burned the Bard’s Globe Theatre to the ground. Samuel Johnson believed Henry VIII was written as early as 1603, the year Queen Elizabeth I died. Due to its almost journalistic style, and the political sensitivity of the subject matter at the time, we find no mention of the disgrace and beheading of the Queen’s mother,…

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