Wife to King Henry, Afterwards Divorced
Katharine's Maid of Honor, Afterwards Queen
Gentleman-usher to Queen Katherine
To the Duke of Buckingham
Ambassador from the Emperor Charles V
I come no more to make you laugh: things now, That bear a weighty and a serious brow, Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe, Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow, We now present. Those that can pity, here May, if they think it well, let fall a tear; The subject will deserve it.
'Tis ten to one this play can never please
All that are here: some come to take their ease,
And sleep an act or two; but those, we fear,
We have frighted with our trumpets; so, 'tis clear,
They'll say 'tis naught: others, to hear the city
Abused extremely, and to cry 'That's witty!'
Which we have not done neither: that, I fear,
All the expected good we're like to hear
For this play at this time, is only in
The merciful construction of good women;
For such a one we show'd 'em: if they smile,
And say 'twill do, I know, within a while
All the best men are ours; for 'tis ill hap,
If they hold when their ladies bid 'em clap.
In the 1928 play "Alibi" he became the first actor to play detective Hercule Poirot. In a memoir written after his death, Laughton's widow stated they never had children because he was homosexual.
And of course also Anne Boleyn
Director: Naomi Capon & John Glenister. Also starred Anne Stallybrass, Elvi Hale & Angela Pleasence. Won Primetime Emmy
The Irish parliament made Henry VIII head of the Church of Ireland. However the Reformation makes little progress in Ireland. The vast majority of the Irish remain Catholic.
Determined to assert his authority over Ireland, Henry VIII changes his title from Lord of Ireland. The Irish parliament assents.
Director: Alexander Korda. Also starred Mile Mander, Laurence Hanray & William Austin
On account of his bluff and
By 1544 Henry was running short of money, thanks partially to his own extravagant lifestyle and expenditure. Henry's solution was to lower the fineness of the third coinage (1544–47) to only 1/3 silver and 2/3 copper. This was understandably not popular with the people, and resulted in Henry acquiring the nickname "Old Coppernose" as the silver rubbed off the high-relief part of the coin design.
Lacey Baldwin Smith, 1973
Portrayed by Keith Michell and Charlotte Rampling