How English Literature Affects the Monarchy

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Literature has become the most important factor in the construction of the English monarchy. It has become the way in which people communicate and share their ideas throughout the world. English literature is the essential piece in ruling a country and determining the future for that country. In England, English literature has evolved through a number of versions due to the changes made to the policies and laws, religion, culture, and the monarchy. Henry VIII was born on June 28, 1491 by Elizabeth of York and Henry VII at Greenwich Palace (BBC News). In his early age, he was very interested in the arts and enjoyed reading literature. In 1509, Henry VIII succeeded his father Henry VII (1457-1509), but had originally become heir to the throne after his older brother, Prince Arthur, died in 1502 (Henry VIII (r.1509-1547)). He reigned during the House of Tudor monarchy when he was only eighteen years old until he died in 1547, having Edward VI succeed him. Throughout his years of reign, he married six women including: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. In 1527, Henry divorced Catherine of Aragon, since she could no longer conceive children, and became infatuated with Anne Boleyn (Henry's Divorce). This decision led to the English Protestant Reformation which were “a series of events...[in] which the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church” (English Reformation).
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