Euroscepticism goes back as far as the Tudor period, when England separated from the Roman Catholic Church and established sovereignty and self-rule. The BBC drama Wolf Hall charts those events, and the parallels between past and present are there for all to see. Get Britain Out illustrates the reasons why Wolf Hall is a must-see drama for all Eurosceptics:
“Legions of bookworms and history buffs have eagerly awaited Wolf Hall, the BBC’s TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels about the life of Thomas Cromwell. But the show should appeal to Eurosceptics too, portraying events which echo today in British politics.
A keen eye can spot current controversies about the EU, national sovereignty, the overruling of our courts, all being echoed in the political intrigue of Tudor England.
The Booker-prize winning books on which the show is based, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, give a counter-intuitive portrayal of Thomas Cromwell as leading a political revolution.”
“Cromwell is a self-made man of lowly birth – the son of a blacksmith – who becomes a lawyer serving Cardinal Wolsey. After his master loses the favour of King Henry VIII , Cromwell rose up the ranks of the Tudor to becomes Henry’s chief minister, the second most powerful man in England. He pits himself against the vested interests of the Roman Catholic Church, in the service of his monarch.
The Pope was a foreign despot with pretensions of authority over the King of England, while simultaneously a puppet of the supreme power in Europe: the Holy Roman Empire. English courts could be overruled by appealing to the Pope, whose network of monasteries in England were tax-exempt and incredibly wealthy.”
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