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RE: Who lives a better quality of life: A 16th century English king or an American making 35,000 a year?
There were two English kings in the 16th century -- King Henry VIII and King Edward VI. Elizabeth ruled for the rest of the century

Edward died at age 15 of TB. Henry died at 55 of various complications stemming from morbid obesity, an old jousting injury, and various other ailments. Of course Henry had an army of servants, multiple wives, and absolute power. But I wouldn't say that he had a particularly enjoyable life. I'd much rather be that young college graduate. But, then again, in 450 years there won't be any mini-series based on my life.

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