Hilary Usfun

a memory lapse of historic proportions

Posted on: October 15, 2009

So; nieces. I have two, and they may just be the best thing ever in the world.  I particularly like it when they tell me stuff; it isn’t often that I get to talk about horses, school or Henry VIIIth.

The world has changed a lot since I was 8, and in fact it was when I was only a bit older than that (10?) when I last did a proper clever thing. I won my (very small) school mastermind. Specialist subjects? Henry VIIIth and Elizabeth II.

(Not a rabid royalist, I was 10)

So being as I am not now nor was then down with the kids, I was thrilled that Large Niece wanted to tell me about Henry VIIIth. Phew, I thought, I know nothing about the X factor but Tudors, I can do.  So, I ask her to name all his wives;

Catherine of Aragon

Anne Boleyn

Jane Seymour

Anne of Cleves

Catherine Howard

Catherine Parr

Don’t be silly, I said. Jane Seymour wasn’t one of the wives, she’s an actress.

Large niece suggested I was wrong, and backed down so fast I thought I was right. I concurred her first name was Jane….


Jane Seymour. Third wife of Henry VIIIth AND an actress…

It’s probably good for children when adults apologise…


3 Responses to "a memory lapse of historic proportions"

I think it’s called a ‘senior moment’…

divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. also, DStarkey gives much better book than he does telly.

a senior moment? already – waaah!

and Lisa – hellooo! welcome. And I remembered that (though not about His Starkers. Will have to investigate)

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