Today in 1553, King Edward VI died at the tender age of 16.

He had been the son that Henry VIII had longed for and spilt so much blood to get.  Yet his reign lasted a mere 6 years.

His father had kept him from the usual childhood cuts, scrapes, illnesses, keeping him locked up in what he thought was safety, but which eventually led to his death.  His constitution was not strong enough to withstand the rigours of being head of a busy court such as the Tudor one.

Just as he was approaching adulthood, he was taken seriously ill and died 3 months before his 16th birthday.

A few years earlier, in 1535, his father Henry VIII, had his former chancellor beheaded on this same day, the innocent Thomas More.  More died simply because he disagreed with the King and would not support the marriage to Anne Boleyn, who the King would tire of and behead also, just 10 months later.

Perhaps karma caught up with Henry VIII and took his longed for son in retaliation for his treatment of innocent people.

One died in 1535 and one in 1553.

Isn’t karma a bitch??


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