The Marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon – Questioning the Church in England

In 1525 the alliance between Henry VIII's England and Charles V's Holy Roman Empire had deteriorated. Charles refused Henry's daughter's hand in marriage (because there was no dowry due to Henry exhausting the Treasury) and Henry wanted to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, who was the aunt of Charles. Catherine and Henry's first child, a daughter, would not be allowed to take the throne in...

King Henry VIII and the Voyage of the Mayflower to America

In 1620, the Pilgrims landed in America at Plymouth Colony in what is now Massachusetts. They sought their religious freedom when they sailed on the Mayflower to establish Plymouth Colony. Seems hard to believe that their landing connected with the six wives of King Henry VIII, but it did.The English Reformation period started with the reign of King Henry VIII. Henry was King from 1509 to his...

Sectional Interest During and After the Mexican War

With his strong urge to obtain Texas and California, President James Polk unknowingly ignited the fire that would eventually divide a nation. Desiring to bargain an agreement to change the definition of the Mexican border and to annex Texas to the United States, President Polk sent John Slidell to Mexico City. Slidell was to ask Mexico to recognize its northern border as the Rio Grande and not...

Sweeney Todd Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Is This Play Based on True Events?

Ostrich Inn is located in Colnbrook, Berkshire, England. It boasted a proprietor who was reputed to have killed as many as sixty people. A very old building, the Ostrich Inn's history dates back to the year 1165. The inn is thought by some to be the 4th oldest building in England. Although no exact date is recorded, sometime during the 1600's a gentleman known as Jarman of the Ostrich Inn, along...