The Guardian recently ran an article on the Historical Writers Association Henry VIII voted worst monarch in history.
Heed. Look upon my face. The worst, really?
Henri II. Tormentor of the Archbishop of Canterbury who had him murdered. A father who slept with his son’s wives? A king who refused to share power with anyone including his crowned son? A man who imprisoned his gifted wife for life to use her income. A father who takes thirteen-year-old Rosamund to his bed promising everything until she goes mad. And on to the next wife or daughter of a friend. Some say he murdered his young father to take power of Normandy. He bungled the empire that could have ruled France. Oh black were the days of his rule, blacker than his son John. By dividing his family, Henri lost it all. And for best queen, my vote goes for Eleanor of Aquitaine – Once a queen, half a queen, and then not a queen at all.