The Exciting Life of King Henry VIII

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To begin with; Henry VIII was the King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death. King Henry VIII was born born on June 28th of 1491 in Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, in the United Kingdom. Henry VIII then later died on January 28th, 1547 in Palace of Whitehall, London, in the United Kingdom. His parents were Elizabeth of York and Henry VII. Henry became king when he was just eighteen years old. He was known for his love of hunting and dancing. (“Henry VIII”. BBC News.) Henry was known as the 'father of the Royal Navy.' When he became king there were five royal warships. By his death he had built up a navy of around 50 ships. Henry built the first naval dock in Britain then established a Naval Board. This set an administrative machinery for the control of the fleet. (“Henry VIII”. BBC News.) Now, after Wolsey's downfall, Thomas Cromwell became Henry's chief minister and earned the trust of the King by helping him to break with Rome and establish Henry VIII as head of the Church of England. This act also brought him much needed wealth by the well-funded monasteries. Over four years Cromwell ordered that 800 monasteries to be torn down and their lands and treasures taken for the crown. Most of the land that was owned already was forcefully sold to the churches and monasteries then destroyed. (“The Life of King Henry VIII (1491-1547)”. Biography of Henry Tudor, King of England.) King Henry VIII stayed catholic while everyone else was beginning to become Protestantism.

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