Henry VIII

Henry VIII

On June 28, 1941 Henry the VIII of England
was born. This young man will form his own church. He will succeed to the
throne in 1509. He will also marry six women! Something good will happen
when he is king, he will unite England and Wales and will also do some
bad things like executing people who would not follow his rules. In 1539,
the Act of Supremacy declared Henry to be the head of the Church of England.

King Henry the VIII of England had a good
side and a bad side. Though popular with the people of England and also
very talented he had many bad times and many good times for himself. Henry
was not only selfish but, also handsome and had a hearty personality, he
was also a gifted scholar, linguist, composer, and a musician. He was talented
at many sports and was also good with the ladies. Henry was the second
son and the third child of his father. Henry the VIII died in 1509, the
only reason Henry would become king is because of his brothers, Arthur,
death in April of 1502. Soon after that, Henry would marry his first wife,
his brother (Arthur's) widow, Catherine of Aragon. Many wifes would follow
after her.

During most of his early reign, Henry relied
on Thomas Cardinal Wosley to do much of the political and religious activities.

Henry soon got tired of his marriage with Catherine of Aragon, so he decides
that he doesn't want to be married to her anymore, so he tells Thomas Wosley
to talk to the pope so he can divorce Catherine. But, Cardinal Wosley wasn't
able to convince the pope, so in 1529 Henry took Wosley's authority away
from him. Henry then appointed Sir Thomas More. Henry then got that divorce
through Thomas Cramner, that he wanted with Catherine of Aragon and then
married Anne Boleyn. Cramner now the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, made Henry's
marriage with Catherine void and his marriage with Anne valid. This made
the Pope furious. So in 1534, King Henry had the parliament pass a law
saying that the king, not the pope, would from now on be the supreme head
of the Church of England. Since Henry was now in charge of the Church ,
he was going to make some changes. He had all the bibles translated into

English. He then had all the people take an oath for this law. But Sir

Thomas More and, then Cardinal, John Fisher wouldn't accept the religious
supremacy of the English monarch, so they were then executed. These changes
gradually led to the formation of the Church of England.

In 1536, Henry accused his second wife,

Anne Boleyn of adultery, so Henry then executed her. A few days after that,
he married a young woman by the name of Jane Seymour. Jane Seymour, Henry's
third wife, was the mother of Henry's only legitimate son, Jane Seymour
died after bearing this certain child. Edward the VI was Henry's only legitimate
son. A couple of years after Jane Seymour had died, Henry decided to marry
once again. He married a german princess by the name of Anne of Cleaves.

In 1540, Henry was told that Anne of Cleaves was a beautiful and pretty
young woman. So then, when Henry finally saw her he thought she was really
ugly. So he then divorced Anne of Cleaves and then beheaded Thomas Cromwell
for having tricked him. Being unloyal to God as much as Henry possibly
could, he made the decision to marry his fifth wife by the name of Catherine

Howard. Catherine Howard was then summarily executed in 1542 for being
unchaste prior to marriage with Henry the VIII and for committing adultery.

Henry had only one more wife to go, in 1543 Henry married his sixth and
final wife, Catherine Parr. Catherine then survived Henry and then lived
on to marry fourth husband.

In 1536, during Henry the VIII's reign,

England and Wales were finally united as one country. During the 1280's,
after Edward the I had conquere Wales, the Welsh people had revolted several
times against the English people, due to Edward's conquer. But, the Welsh
people finally accepted the idea of unity with the English people. In the
acts of 1536 and 1543, Henry joined both Wales and England under one system
of government. When Ireland was made a nation or kingdom in 1541, King

Henry then became the king of Ireland. Henry now the king, had many wars
with Scotland and France, during 1542 King Henry's troops defeated the

Scots at Solway Moss. In 1544, Henry's troops also