Henry VIII and His Court
He was a practical architect, and Whitehall Palace and many other great buildings owed their masonry to his hand.
He spoke French, Spanish, Italian and Latin with great perfection.
He said many wise things. Of the much-debated Divorce, Henry said: "The law of every man's conscience be but a private Court, yet it is the highest and supreme Court for judgment or justice." As the most unjust wars have often produced the greatest heroisms, so the vilest causes have often produced the profoundest utterances.
He appears to have been at peace with himself and complacent towards God. In 1541, during his temporary happiness with Catherine Howard, he attended mass in the chapel, and "receiving his Maker, gav