One of my favorite Christmas melodies What Child is This? (Greensleeves) is believed by many to have been written by Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn. When religious leader Thomas More refused to let them marry, Henry had More executed.
I have trouble with that…
It’s as if Richard Nixon had written Moon River, and then beheaded Billy Graham for refusing to let him marry Audrey Hepburn.
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Seriously, though, the exquisite melody was most likely written by an unknown Italian composer. Here’s a sweet rendition, with lyrics by the English hymn writer William Chatterton Dix onscreen: