The Monarch : King Henry Viii

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The Monarch King Henry VIII (1491-1547) ruled the nation of England for thirty six years, during which many changes eventually brought his nation into the Protestant Reformation. He married six wives in pursuit for a healthy male heir and political alliance. After annulling his first marriage, without papal approval this led to the creation of a separate Church of England. Of his six marriages, two of them ended in annulment, two with his wives’ beheadings for treason and adultery, and the last two in natural deaths. Each of his children would take their turn as England’s monarch, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. Henry Tudor was born June 28, 1491, at the royal residence of Greenwich Palace. He was the son of Henry VII of England, the first English ruler from the House of Tudor and Elizabeth York. Henry had six siblings, but only three of them survived: Arthur, Margaret, and Mary. Arthur who was older than Henry was expected to take the throne. In 1502, Prince Arthur married Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of the Spanish king and queen, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile. Arthur died at the age of 15 of a sudden illness, four months after his marriage, which left his younger brother, Henry, to assume the throne. Henry VII, the patriarch, wanted to confirm the family’s alliance to Spain, so Henry was offered to Arthur’s widow. At the families’ request, they asked that Pope Julius II officially grant dispensation to Arthur and…

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