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  • ID: I4306
  • Name: Henry VIII Tudor King of England
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 JUN 1491 in Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent, England
  • Christening: Observant Friars, Greenwich, Kent, England
  • Death: 28 JAN 1547 in Whitehall Palace, London, England
  • Burial: 16 FEB 1547 St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • Ancestral File #: 9FDM-NH
  • Reference Number: was King of England 1509/1547
  • Event: English defeat the Scots at the Battle of Flodden Field Eventless Introduction 1513
  • Event: Henry forms the Church of England. Eventless Introduction 1534
  • Event: Act of Union joins England and Wales Eventless Introduction 1536
  • Event: Mary, Queen of Scots lays claim to the English throne Eventless Introduction 1542
  • Note:
    REIGNED: After the reign of the avaricious, duplicitous Henry Tudor, it was a welcome relief when he was succeeded by the amiable, athletic Henry VIII. He was a man who loved music, the military arts, and was interested in building England's navy. Considered by his contemporaries as a true renaissance prince, Henry proved just as ruthless as his father, a man who brooked no opposition, real or imagined. He profoundly influenced the character of the English monarchy.

    At the beginning of his reign, Henry's good looks and hearty personality, his fondness for sport and the hunt, and his military prowess endeared him to his subjects. A monarch of the period known as the Renaissance, he entertained numerous scholars and artists, including the German painter Hans Holbein the Younger, who painted several famous portraits of the king and members of his court.

    «u»A Question of Divorce«/u»
    Henry decided to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon because she had not produced a male heir. In addition, Henry was in love with Anne Boleyn, a young and beautiful lady-in-waiting of the queen. Several obstacles, however, stood in the way of the divorce and the Pope refused to grant dispensation.

    «u»The Break with the Papacy«/u»
    Henry now proceeded to dissolve one by one the ties to the papacy. With the aid of parliamentary legislation, he first secured control of the clergy, compelling that group in 1532 to acknowledge him as head of the English church. In the following year Henry secretly married Anne Boleyn, who was crowned queen.

    Although Henry was immediately excommunicated, he repudiated papal jurisdiction in 1534 and made himself the supreme ecclesiastical authority in England. The English people were required to affirm under oath Henry's supremacy and the act of succession. Henry dissolved the monastic communities and gave much of their property to the nobles in exchange for their support.

    In 1536, after charging Anne Boleyn with incest and adultery, Henry had her executed. A few days after Anne's death, Henry married Jane Seymour, who died in 1537 after bearing Henry's only legitimate son, Edward, later Edward VI.

    A marriage was arranged in 1540 with Anne of Cleves (1515-57) in order to form a tie between England and the Protestant princes of Germany. Because Anne was unattractive and because Henry found the political alliance no longer to his advantage, he divorced her after several months and married Catherine Howard in the same year. She was executed summarily in 1542 for having been unchaste prior to marriage and having committed adultery. In the following year Henry married his sixth wife, Catherine Parr, who survived him.

    Between 1542 and 1546 Henry was involved in war with Scotland and France. His troops defeated the Scots at Solway Moss in 1542. They captured Boulogne-sur-Mer from the French in 1544, and when peace was made in 1546 Henry received an indemnity from France. He died in London on January 28, 1547.

    «u»Effects of Henry's Reign«/u»
    Although he altered the church, Henry did not wish to introduce Protestant doctrine. Those who refused to accept Church of England teachings as well as those who rejected Henry's authority over the church were executed. The licensing of an English translation of the Bible, the issuance of Cranmer's litany, and the translation into English of certain parts of the traditional service were the only important religious changes made during Henry's reign. In terms of the monarchy, he intensified the authoritarian elements characteristic of the Tudor dynasty to which he belonged. The great strength of government developed by Henry was used powerfully in the reign of Elizabeth I, his daughter by Anne Boleyn.

    EVENT: is confirmed as "Supreme Head of the Church of England" following a parliamentary Act of Supremacy.

    BIOGRAPHICAL: Fitzroy was the King's bastard son by his mistress Elizabeth Blount.

    Plantagenet 1509-1547
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  • Change Date: 20 NOV 2007 at 21:29:47

    Father: Henry VII Tudor, King of England b: 28 JAN 1457 in Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, Wales
    Mother: Elizabeth of York, Princess of England b: 11 FEB 1466 in Westminster Palace, London, Middlesex, England

    Marriage 1 Catherine of Aragón b: 16 DEC 1485 in Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain
    • Married: 11 JUN 1509 in Greyfriars Church, Newgate, London, England
    1. Has No Children Mary I Tudor, Queen of England b: 18 FEB 1516 in Greenwich Palace, Kent, England

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount b: ABT 1502 in Kinlet, Shropshire, England
    • Married: BEF 1519
    1. Has No Children Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset b: 15 JUN 1519 in Blackmore, , Essex, England

    Marriage 3 Mary Berkeley
    • Married: BEF 1528
    1. Has No Children John Perrot, Lord Deputy of Ireland b: NOV 1528 in Wales

    Marriage 4 Anne Boleyn, Marchioness of Pembroke b: 1507 in Blicking Hall, Norfolk, England
    • Married: 25 JAN 1533 in Westminster Abbey, London, Greater London, England
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth I, Queen of England b: 7 SEP 1533 in Greenwich Palace, Kent, England c: 10 SEP 1533

    Marriage 5 Jane Seymour b: ABT 1505 in Wolf Hall, Savernake, Wiltshire, England
    • Married: 20 MAY 1536 in York Castle, Yorkshire, England
    1. Has No Children Edward VI, King of England b: 12 OCT 1537 in Hampton Court Palace, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England

    Marriage 6 Anne of Cleves b: 22 SEP 1515 in Düsseldorf, Cleves, Germany
    • Married: 6 JAN 1540 in Greenwich Castle, Kent, England

    Marriage 7 Catherine Howard b: ABT 1520
    • Married: 28 JUL 1540 in Hampton Court Palace, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England

    Marriage 8 Catherine Parr b: 1512 in Kendal Castle, Kendal, Westmoreland, England
    • Married: 12 JUL 1543 in Hampton Court Palace, Richmond England

    1. Title: «i»Microsoft (R) Encarta Encyclopedia«/i»
      Publication: Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.
      Abbrev: Microsoft Encarta
    2. Title: The History of the Kings of Britain
      Author: Geoffrey of Monmouth
      Publication: Translated, with introduction and index, by Lewis Thorpe. Penguin Books: London, 1966.
      Abbrev: Kings of Britain-Geoffrey of Monmouth
    3. Title: «i»The Six Wives of Henry VIII«/i»
      Author: Alison Weir
      Publication: Ballantine Books, 1991
      Abbrev: Wives of Henry VIII-Weir

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