King Henry VIII

Henry VIII was king of England from 1509 to 1537, and was also the king of Ireland and claimant to the kingdom of France. He was the second king from the House of Tudor, and is most famous for breaking England away from the Roman Catholic Church and creating the Church of England. This was due mainly to his desire to divorce Catherine of Aragon, his first of six notable wives.

Henry VIII strove to be a renaissance man, writing fine music and poems, as well as eloquent papers on theology and flowery love letters to some of his wives. Henry also spent his kingdom's money in profligate ways - increasing the Royal Navy from 5 ships to 53, and building palaces across the kingdom.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Catherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Anne of Cleaves
Katherine Howard
Katherine Parr

The Children of Henry VIII

Mary Tudor (legitimate), who became "Bloody" Queen Mary I
Elizabeth (legitimate), who became Queen Elizabeth I
Edward (legitimate), who became King Edward VI
Henry Fitzroy (illegitimate)
Henry Carey (illegitimate)

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