Re: The Tudor Succession
- From: michael james <michaeljames@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 00:12:03 -0500
Harry is the English form of the name. Henri is the French form. In
English, i in a final position is written as y. So Henry is just an
English spelling of the French form. King Harry VIII named a warship
after himself and it was called 'Great Harry', or 'Henri Grace a Dieu'.
It is very possible that Henry, Henri and Harry, were pronounced the same way back then, or at these very closely depending apon what part of town you were from. Some people pronounced the nasal n, and other dropped it, adding the hard H later.
Some English today don't pronounce the H.
I have Herman's Hermits ringing through my mind..."Im 'enery the eight I am"
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