They reckon that 57,000 may have been executed during Henry VIII’s 37 years on the throne, though we must remember this is difficult to prove. What can be proved is that being part of his court was dangerous.
His break with Rome led to differences within his court, with many of the those who disagreed with him being executed, even though they were his friends, until that point! We also know he executed those in monasteries who failed to obey his Act of Succession.
There is proof that he executed potential rivals to his throne, two of his wives, their alleged lovers, even his trusted advisor, Thomas Cromwell!
Basically, life in his court was dangerous!
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