HomeHistorical MiscellanyIf I’d Only Been A Son Eddie Boverington November 26, 2015 Historical Miscellany, Ridiculam Mundi Save 3 Responses Underdogge November 27, 2015 Yes, it’s taken till the 21st century for the rule about the first child inheriting the throne to be passed (in the UK at least – and the Duchess of Cambridge’s first child was a boy in any case). Any male children Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon had died in infancy. I don’t think Queen Mary (Tudor) had a very happy life though arguably she allowed members of her administration allow brutality towards Protestants (though at the time of the Reformation I don’t think either protestants or non-protestants came up squeaky clean). Thanks EB for another witty verse albeit regarding a sombre theme. Olga Hughes November 29, 2015 You can blame King Stephen for all the propaganda about women rulers. James Mewborn December 8, 2015 This is one of Eddie’s best! The story of Queen Mary in a few short humorous verses.