This blog, written by Thomas E. Rutledge, focuses primarily on business entity law in Kentucky. Postings on contract law, contractual and statutory construction, and the entity law of other jurisdictions appear as well. There may as well be some random discussions of classical, medieval and renaissance history.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Today marks the anniversary of the death,
in 1536 of Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII and Elizabeth
illegitimacy, Henry may have considered Fitzroy a possible heir.As a child he had been raised to the
nobility, being both an Earl and a double Duke.While passing on the throne to an illegitimate heir would have been
extraordinary (it had never been done since the Conquest), Thomas Howard, the
Duke of Norfolk and an astute (although not always effective) student of Tudor
politics, must have thought it possible in that he arranged for the marriage of
his daughter to Fitzroy.This is the
same Howard who promoted Henry’s marriages to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard,
both his nieces.
Likely Fitzroy died of tuberculosis (and
not the sweating sickness that was suggested in the HBO show “The Tudors”), the
same malady that would likely claim his half-brother, the future Edward VI.