Monday, January 5, 2009
Henry the VIII ? I say Woolsey.
In late December of 2003, security cameras at Hampton Court Palace, a huge tudor castle near London, captured a startling image. Security guards were unsettled to repeatedly find a fire door open when no one was apparently around. Upon checking the security tape, they were shocked by a ghostly figure, said to closely resemble King Henry VIII (who died in the 1500s).
Vikki Wood, a spokesperson for the Palace, said "We're baffled too--it's not a joke, we haven't manufactured it. We genuinely do not know who it is or what it is."
A security officer, James Faukes, called the incident "unnerving," and said they'd ruled out their costumed guides. In fact, they don't even own a costume like the one worn by the figure on the video. "It was incredibly spooky because the face just didn't look human," Faukes said.
Something instinctively tells me this is not King Henry but Cardinal Woolsey, former friend, adviser and victim of the King and Anne Boleyn. Hampton Court was the Cardinals own palace until he was tripped of all money, property and power.
I feel a sense of rage while watching this. This doesn't happen often to me but when it does it never fails to be right.