Dominic Sandbrook created this counter-factual (What if Little Prince Hal Had Lived? Instead of dying as an infant in 1511, which resulted in the King seeking an annulment from the Pope and breaking with the Catholic Church).
"By the time he was succeeded by his equally fervent son Henry X in 1577, England's position at the head of the Catholic world was assured. And even today, we owe many of our social conventions – the taboos on homosexuality, birth control and abortion, our fondness for large families, the Church's dominant role in education – to Hal's 30-year reign."
Sandbrook, in his "What If" column for the (UK) New Statesman between 2008 and 2011 produced a number of clever and ironic columns on counter-factuals, including:
- What if Egypt Replaced Roman Empire and Ruled Us?
- What if William Hadn't Conquered in 1066?
- What if King Henry V had lived on, instead of dying an early death in 1422?
- What if Protestant Reformation in the 1500s Failed?
- What if Britain Backed the Confederacy, Which Consequently Won the U.S. Civil War?
- What if the British had spared the Irish Volunteers after the Easter Rising (Irish Rebellion) of 1916?
- What if the Beatles Hadn't Formed? (ironic trivia, not very plausible)
- What if Thatcher Hung on for Another Term?