Saturday, April 30, 2011

Parallel - Katherine Sad and Religious

First, Shake-Speare:

Katherine:   My soul grows sad with troubles
             Pray do my service to his Majesty;
             He has my heart yet and shall have my prayers
             While I shall have my life.
Henry VIII, 3.1.1 and 179-81

and now Bacon:

"And the Lady Katherine herself (a sad and religious woman) long after, when King Henry the Eight his resolution of a divorce from her was first made known to her, used some words that she had not offended, but it was a judgment of God.
   History of Henry VII

Comment:  Our authors, unlike Holinshed, both describe Katherine as "sad" and depict her as religious.

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