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Subject: Henry the Eighth?
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 8:56 AM ET
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Question. Imagine Tudor England right after the death of young Edward VI. Imagine Cecil having a discussion with my book's character. Would he refer to old Henry as Henry VIII?

A minor quibble, but it happened at least twice in the conversation and really jumped out.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 9:34 AM ET
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I think they would have said the old king, or King Henry or the young King's father.  That seems more likely. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 9:42 AM ET
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Agree-his father,  or the old king or Hal or Harry if it was a friend from Henry's childhood. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 10:01 AM ET
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That's what I thought as well. I just finished the scene and this happened four or five times throughout the conversation. Once was jarring enough, but after a while, come on already. At other points he's called Henry, King Henry, etc. like we would expect.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:06 AM ET
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I agree with everyone, he would not have been referred to as Henry VIII.

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 7:34 AM ET
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ITA. I hate jarring, out of time slips like those....eg, I'm currently reading The Memoirs of Cleopatra, and at one point, dear Cleo makes a reference to the sky being the color of 'faience'---now, I'm not a china expert but I am an antique lover and I don't think the famed blue faience china to which her reference must be was made until the late 17th c---but somehow, our ancient queen knows all about it. Hate that stuff!

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 9:55 AM ET
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They can throw you, can't they? I recall having a Borgia era heroine diagnosing someone of influenza (exact word), loooooooooooooooooong before it was a recognized disease by that name. I can forgive a lot more in older books before we had Google, but now? We should hire ourselves out as editors.