John Stubbs

Politics & Poetry

Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest


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Sir Thomas Wyatt was the ambassador, the ‘beloved familiar’ and allegedly the rival in love of Henry VIII. During his rather short but fiery lifetime, he found himself banished from court and clapped in the Tower for offences ranging from affray to a supposed affair with Anne Boleyn. In truth, the legend of this romance rather served Henry’s purposes by the time he decided to be rid of his second queen. Yet towards the end, only the royal whim – and the intervention of influential friends – saved Wyatt from a traitor’s death. 

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