Henry VIII: King of England

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As a monarch, the life of Henry VIII is one of which many do not attempt to describe because of the rich amount of history that goes along with him. No king has left such a profound impact on the past accounts of his country, or has been the focus of controversial topics that have made lasting contributions to his country. His means were immoral, but because of the greatness that he achieved, we look beyond his imperfection. On June 28, 1491, at Greenwich Palace, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York had their second son named Henry VIII. It was important for a king to have as many heirs as possible because of the mortality rate during this time in England. Henry became the heir to the throne after the death of his older brother, Arthur in…show more content…
(Primary Sources: King Henry VIII Has a Jousting Accident, 1524. Soon after Arthur died, Henry married his brother’s wife, Catherine of Aragon. However, Henry VII refused to allow Henry to marry Catherine until her parents, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, paid the dowry they owed him. Fortunately for Henry, his father died unexpectedly and he was therefore free to make his own choices. Catherine was only able to produce one child in which it was a girl named Mary. Henry had fallen in love with another woman named Anne Boleyn, and he then tried convincing the Pope to annul his marriage to Catherine. Unfortunately, Anne was unable to bear a boy and instead she had a girl named Elizabeth. As a result, Henry disposed of Anne by convicting her with the crime of treason and having her killed. His third wife, Jane Seymour, produced a son named Edward VI. Jane died twelve days after giving birth. He then married Anne of Cleves, this being his fourth wife. She would later be divorced by Henry. Afterwards, he married Catherine Howard. This was until Henry learned of Catherine’s promiscuity and she was then executed. Catherine Parr would become Henry’s last wife and she survived him as well. It isn’t unknown that Henry had six wives in which he deceived them to become his wife, in hopes of producing a male heir. A popular rhyme tells the fate of Henry’s six wives. The rhyme is “divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived
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