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Week of June 25, 2001

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King Hal!

King Hal's Birthday is June 28!!!
To celebrate, this page is filled with King Hal trivia.

Quote of the Week

"That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution." -- William Blackstone (1723-1780) wrote in Commentaries on the Laws of England. Blackstone was an English jurist and politician.

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Picture of the Week

To celebrate his birthday,
King Hal visits the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London, England. The British Parliament is the legislative or law-making body of the government. It consists of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Read a book about Henry VIII.

Photo: King Hal visits the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London, England.

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Biography - Henry VIII

This video is featured in King Hal 's Books. The folks at A&E Biography have done it again. This video biography of Henry VIII and the times he lived is a great way to learn about Henry and his reign, especially since most books about Henry VIII are long and detailed. This Biography is ENTERTAINMENT and EDUCATION wrapped into one video.

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Trivia Question

This Week's Trivia Question:
Henry VIII had three children. Name them.

Photo: Henry VIII's three children

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: The line, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" comes from which of William Shakespeare's plays? (Hint: this week's topic is Summer)
A Midsummer Night's Dream. William Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1595. It is one of his most popular comedies and has been made into a ballet, an opera, and a movie.
Read "Shakespeare Can Be Fun! - A Midsummer Night's Dream: For Kids"

Photo: William Shakespeare

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Did You Know…

Did you know Henry VIII became the King of England when he was 17 years old?

Yes, Henry VIII was born on June 28, 1491, and he was crowned King of England on June 24, 1509, just 4 days before his 18th birthday. Henry was born Henry Tudor. As second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, Henry was referred to as the Duke of York. Henry's older brother, Arthur, was the heir to the throne until his death in 1502. Henry became the heir and eventually became King of England from 1509 to 1547. Read a book about King Hal.

Photo: Henry VIII

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Who's Your Hero?

"Henry VIII
is my hero. He gave England strength and stability after years of fighting in the War of the Roses, and he wanted a male heir to continue the stability of the English throne. In addition, Henry VIII helped England get out of the Middle Ages and brought the Renaissance to England and its people." Read a book about King Hal.

Photo: Henry VIII

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Your Question

Q: What does the Tudor Rose on the King Hal Bear represent?

A: A little history of the War of the Roses is needed to understand what the Tudor Rose represents. The War of the Roses (1455-1485) was fought between the House of York (represented by a white rose) and the House of Lancaster (represented by a red rose) for control of the throne of England. The War of the Roses came to an end when Henry VII (representing the Lancaster family) and Elizabeth of York (representing the York family) were married. The families were united, and Henry VII became the first Tudor King of England. The Tudor family is represented by the Tudor Rose - a rose which combines both a red and a white rose as a symbol of unification of the Lancaster and York families. The union of the two families was reaffirmed when the son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York became King. This King was Henry VIII. Read a book about King Hal.

Photo: Tudor Rose

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