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Henry VIII - King of England Game

Henry VIII

The Year Is 1525

Henry VIII, King of England, is troubled. After many years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, he still has no son. The Tudor dynasty is young. The bloody family squabbles of the House of Plantagenet (that we know as the Wars of the Roses) were ended by his father. But still they haunt the memories of men. And the remnants of the House of York yearn to rule once again over this upstart Lancastrian.

Only the King's daughter, Mary, stands between Henry and the extinction of his line. But can she be Queen? The question is fraught. Only once before, many hundreds of years ago, did England have a Queen; the Empress Maud of infamous memory, who pitched the land into ruinous civil war. And whom would Mary take as husband, to rule with her?

The succession must be assured. Henry must have a son. Will the King will make his bastard, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, his heir? Perhaps he can persuade his infertile wife to divorce him.

Scheme and Connive

In this rambunctious but historically accurate game you scheme and connive to win influence with the King, so that your faction will control his chosen heir and rule all England when the King dies.

The game contains all the important characters of the time, rated for religion, ability and guile. You play Court cards to improve your own standing and confound your enemies. Can you marry a woman of your faction to the King? Perhaps your Ladies of the Bedchamber can persuade Henry of her charms. Your future seems assured if she gives Henry a son. But woe betide you should the King tire of her.

Rich rewards are yours if you can convince the King to give you high office. But how long can you stay in power? You may be placed under secret investigation at any time, only awaiting a dreaded Warrant of Arrest from the Lord President of the Council to send you to the Tower. If the Principal Secretary sends you to the rack, your entire faction could be implicated. Of course, you can avoid the plots that surround Henry by travelling to Europe, but if you are there when the King dies, all your influence is to no avail.

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This game has been developed by Dr Gary Stevens and appears here with his express permission. This game is NOT public domain. It is Copyright © 2000-2004 Garry Stevens. Gary grants you permission to download and use it for free. Have fun, play it, share it with your friends: but do not sell it. Please visit the Gary's Games home page for more free games.

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