Shakespeare Anagram: Henry VIII

Earlier this week, I attempted to answer the question of whether Henry VIII has any living descendants, but I fear my answer may have been a bit too long winded. Perhaps I could deliver a more succinct answer if I made an anagram from the speech in Shakespeare where Henry talks about his daughter Elizabeth.

From Henry VIII:

O lord archbishop!
Thou hast made me now a man: never, before
This happy child, did I get any thing.
This oracle of comfort has so pleas’d me,
That when I am in heaven, I shall desire
To see what this child does, and praise my Maker.

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

Henry VIII has no descendants that live.

Hail papa! From each of the four mommies, the Eighth had a hip kid: Catholic Mary, bastard Henry, wise Bess, and little Edward.

These had no more. His chromosomal line was stopped. Gone.

9 Responses to “Shakespeare Anagram: Henry VIII”

  1. Hallie Says:



  2. Bill Says:

    Welcome, Hallie!

    And thanks for the compliment! It’s always fun to see the blog appreciated by new readers.

  3. James Says:

    too bad his bloodline wasn’t continued. Although I am a descendant of Jane Seymour. This comes only from my mothers side, so my last name is different.

  4. Dale C. Rice Says:

    I would draw your attention to the son of Perrot ap Rice 1600 one John Rice1624 of Dedham, Ma. He has 24 of 25 DNA markers the same as or older than William Owen Tudor of Wales….#268833 FYI

  5. Mikeala Norwood Says:

    I am one of the descendants of King Henry VIII. No joke. I have an account and I traced back to King Henry VIII. He had an illegitimate son with Agnes Blewitt, born in 1509 and died in 1575. Richard lived with his mother Agnes and her husband, adjacent to King Henry’s hunting lodge in Somerset, England. There were no records of Richard, but he had many great opportunities as a young adult, including a post at Christ Church College in Oxford. Finally, he was included in the inner circle of the royal family, both during the lifetime and after the death of King Henry VIII. This was the pattern of favoritism shown other known bastard children of Henry VIII. A book on the subject was written in 1992 by David Dean Edwards called ‘Edward’s Legacy’

  6. Elizabeth Elliott Says:

    I guess we are some sort of cousin, Mikeala! According to, I am a descendant of Henry VIII through his illegitimate son, Henry Carey. Although, Mary Boleyn was married to a Mr. Carey at the time, she was also Henry VIII’s mistress. What I’ve read indicates that her son, Henry, was conceived while she was still the king’s mistress. There are contemporary eye witnesses who commented on how much Henry looked like the king. In my opinion, the son’s name of Henry would be an indication that he was named after his natural father. I can’t imagine Mary’s legal husband would have been too keen in the child being named after his wife’s lover if the son had biologically been his! However, physical resemblance and the name are not proof positive of the younger Henry’s lineage, however, it does make the relationship quite probable.

    As for living descendants, since Henry Carey sired twenty-three children with most of them reaching adulthood and reproducing, I would imagine Henry VIII has thousands of living descendants!

  7. Secretly Says:

    I have been having visions & dreams and I think I’m related somewhere in this mess as well. I guess I should start with a DNA and see if lends any clues. Aside from the financial aspect, I think I’m a little scared to find out. Not something to be proud of if you know what I mean. Although I too have Cushing’s Disease. Which is the most probable diagnosis for Henry assumed by medical professionals of this time.

  8. christopher mayor Says:

    I just want you to know that I am not a descendant of Henry Viii

  9. Barbara Says:

    Sir John Perrott, son of Mary Berkeley, was believed to be the son of Henry Vlll.

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