What would old kings such as Henry VIII have been like as people?
If we need more specificity, just go with Henry VIII himself. I've never really focused on his area of history, so my image of him is very generic – a brutish man who was irrational and killed who he pleased. But on a more personal level, a man so pompous and self-righteous that you probably wouldn't even have been able to have a decent conversation with him. I suppose I have this view of kings of that era as being so pampered and out-of-touch they did not know how to properly socially interact with other humans.
Is this an unfair assessment? If I was a member of the aristocracy, for example, and I had occasion to be in the same room as the king, would I have been able to have a normal conversation with him? Do you think he would have made jokes, had a sense of humour, laughed at my remarks? Would he have had the humility to talk to me as if I was an equal, even just for a few seconds? Would he have been polite and pleasant to me, as the modern British royal family tend to be on public occasions? Or would there always be an air of 'I'm high-and-mighty and you are priveleged to be in my presence' overshadowing everything?