Henry VIII's Diary Found.

While doing a summer course at the local university a couple of years ago the discussion got a little bizarre. Basically we were talking about primary sources and somehow it was jokingly suggested what a find Henry's diary would be, especially if it was found he liked wearing his wives dresses and calling himself Vera. Just how much debate, how many academic papers would be written and how many careers made and ruined if this actually happened? Suppose while renovating Hampton Court a secret compartment was found with the Diary and other evidence hidden in it, how many heads would explode? Obviously this would have to be in the last 30 or 40 years or it would all be hidden away and never mentioned.
 

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Henry's diary would be, especially if it was found he liked wearing his wives dresses and calling himself Vera. Just how much debate, how many academic papers would be written and how many careers made and ruined if this actually happened?

Surely the contemporary evidence from other sources (nobles at court, ambassadors from foreign nations, 'politicians' of the day) don't indicate anything so... extreme existed? Otherwise, it's a case of "private life, public persona" and doesn't really affect anything of the historiography of Henry VIII's reign.

I can't see it ruining careers, if it wasn't found until after said books have been written. Plenty of "revisionist" histories have been written, after new sources have come to light, without ruining the careers of the historians who wrote previous histories when said sources weren't available.
 
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