Henry VIII, Cromwell, Pope Benedict XVI: Shakespeare Would Have Loved The Plot Line
I love History! All history, but English history especially.
Yesterday, as I watched the live broadcast of Pope Benedict the XVI’s visit to Westminster Hall, I marveled at what was taking place. Oh not for the modern implications but for the historical time line that it brought along with the event.
There in the oldest standing medieval hall in Europe, Westminster Hall (1097), yesterday’s visit by the Pontiff would have given William Shakespeare pause to show and write volumes in marvelous flowing words of epic proportion.
As the Pope stood in the very spot that Sir Thomas Moore defied King Henry the VIII‘s pressure to succumb and deny the validity of the Act of Succession and the Papal Supremacy, my thoughts raced to what Moore’s reaction would have been to see there on the dais, this man from Rome speaking as the Archbishop of Canterbury sat listening?
What would have Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protectorate of England and whose Parliament issued the death warrant in 1649 for King Charles I in that very spot, have thought as he saw Prime Minister‘s Thatcher; Major; Blair; Brown and Cameron, sitting and intently listening to this man who Crowmell would have believed was the “devil” himself?
And lastly, what would the “Bard of Avon” have done with the fact that the first elected Jewish Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, gave a praising and eloquent introduction to Benedict the XVI, a German Pope?