According to Holinshed, the cuddly Henry VIII ordered the executions of some 72,000 people. Adding in the effects of his father’s reign and those of his children might well take the total to about 100,000 although that may exaggerate their rate somewhat. What a good thing this wasn’t a recognised separate dynasty until Hume’s time, a century and a half later.
Still our friends in Cairo, who must have flowed into the Mediterranean by know, have been known to make excuses for this, when they are not sharing homophobic cartoons about prominent historians. Perhaps the Countess of Salisbury, More, Cromwell and others died trying to cut down trees? Were Lady Bulmer (nee’ Margaret Stafford), Tyndale, Anne Askew et al all misheard by waiters when they ordered well-done steaks? Did Anne Boleyn die asking for the sharpness of the Calais sword to be demonstrated, only for the swordsman to lose his balance? Was one of Henry’s cooks so short-sighted that he confused the poisoner Richard Rice (Roose) with a bag of rice? Was “bungee-jumping” invented at this time before it was realised that ropes should go around the wrists and not the neck?
What excuse do they make for all the other “Tudor” victims?