Chapter 296: Husband and Wife
Henry Sigismund gripped the cup in his free hand-well the one that wasn’t made of something else-and said. “I think Arthur may be regretting pushing for his son to marry a Danish Princess.”
His wife, Anna, stopped what she was doing and looked up at him. “Why?”
“The girl has made quite the scene about George’s carryings on with that Bess woman.” Henry said, he’d been there for one of those carryings on, a most unfortunate business really, even if the girl did have a point.
“I thought George had stopped seeing that woman?” Anna asked.
“As did I, but it appears shortly after the wedding, George found her and started seeing her again. His wife found out and went to Arthur to get him to stop it.” Henry said.
“And?” Anna asked, though her tone indicated she knew exactly what had happened. Arthur was a tough man, but when it came to his sons, he could be oddly weak.
“And nothing happened. Arthur spoke with George and George said he’d stop, but then he continued. And now the girl is threatening to go away, that she’s pregnant doesn’t help.” Henry said.
Anna’s eyes widened, the pregnancy was not that well known, Henry shouldn’t have mentioned it himself, but, he had now, and he supposed there was nothing more to it than that. “So, what’s going to happen?” His wife asked.
Henry shrugged. “I think Arthur will speak with George, and try and convince him, otherwise he will need to speak with the King.”
“And we both know how the King will handle it.” Anna said.
They did, the King would have no qualms about having the girl removed. If he thought this Bess woman was endangering the alliance with Denmark, she’d disappear for a time and never be heard from again. Henry knew that that was what the King had done with Edward-Henry’s youngest brother- ‘s mistress a few years ago. Edward had never spoken of it, but it was suspected.
“We won’t face such problems when it comes time to arrange our own children’s marriages will we?” Anna asked.
Now that was something Henry hadn’t thought about properly. Their eldest was soon to be fifteen, too young to be married. Even if their eldest, Henry, had started showing interest in women. “I don’t think so no.”
“Good.” Anna replied sounding relieved.
“I think the focus will very much be on Arthur’s children going forward.” Henry said. At least he hoped so. He didn’t particularly want his children married to far flung places simply for political benefit or to serve as a proxy for some other power.
“So, we could if we wanted to, make domestic marriages for them?” Anna asked.
“I think so.” Henry said, then he asked. “Why, do you have someone in mind?” He knew his wife; he knew she was always looking for someone to keep their son occupied.
“I might do.” Anna admitted.
Henry snorted. “Who?”
“Anne Cecil.” Anna replied.
“The Earl of Exeter’s daughter?” Henry asked.
“Yes.” Anna said.
Henry considered this, there had been a scandal involving the Earl’s cousin a few years ago, Henry couldn’t remember the details, but the man’s grandfather and father had both gone into obscurity for a time. The new Earl had ascended to the peerage eight years ago, and had returned to court, a decent man if nothing special. The man’s wife was one of Anna’s ladies though.
“They’ve known each other since they were children.” Anna said as if taking his silence for disapproval. “And they like one another.”
“That is a good starting point.” Henry agreed.
“But?” Anna asked.
“But I wonder if it might be better to look elsewhere.” Henry said. He knew what people said about the Cecils now, he didn’t want that being attached to his son.
“Where would you look?” His wife asked.
Henry shrugged. “I don’t know, but we have time. We don’t need to marry our son off immediately, do we?” At least not yet anyway. They might have to if things between George and his wife got worse. Then the King might wish to secure the extra branches.
Anna huffed. “I suppose you are right.”
Henry snorted and cupped his wife’s chin. “We can let the two of them meet at least. See what they make of one another.” That brought a smile to Anna’s face.