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King Henry Viii Essay

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Henry Tudor, the son of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth York, was born on June 28, 1491. Henry had six siblings but only three survived: Arthur, Margaret, and Mary. Arthur was older than Henry and was expected to be the heir of the throne. Arthur married Catherine of Argon and after less than four months of marriage, Arthur died at the age of 15. This meant that Henry was to heir the throne now. As a child Henry was so spoiled that he would have to be punished for every time he did something wrong. As a young man Henry was highly educated and very athletic. Henry was also handsome and loved to joust . He was known for his love for hunting and dancing.
When Henry was eighteen years old he inherited the throne in 1509. Henry VII arranged the marriage between Henry Tudor and Catherine of Argon the Spanish Princess, to form an alliance between her parents, Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. The marriage took place after Henry’s father passed away that same ...view middle of the document...

After a few months of marriage Anne gave birth to a girl named Elizabeth, who later on became Queen Elizabeth I. Anne and Henry had a deteriorated relationship. Anne later on gave birth to a still-born son. Henry was very displeased. Anne started to make decisions in King Henry’s name. He later on charged her for treason and she was beheaded. King Henry then married Jane Seymour (King Henry’s third wife) eleven days after he executed Anne Boleyn. Jane was much different than Anne Boleyn
because Jane was calm and quiet. Jane was also King Henry’s favorite spouse because she given birth to a son! The delivery was difficult and twelve days later Jane died. King Henry went on and married his forth wife Anne of Cleves in 1540. Marrying Anne of Cleves would form an alliance with a strong Protestant German state. Henry did not want to marry her because he saw a portrait of her and said she looked very ugly and that she looked like a horse! Henry had no way out of the marriage because of a contract. Later on she died in her bed in 1557. King Henry later on spotted a beautiful woman named Catherine Howard, who would become King Henry’s fifth wife. She was English and born of a noble family. She was also the cousin of Ann Boleyn. When the got married Henry VIII was around the age of 50 and Catherine was 19! Catherine was later on accused with having an affair with another man and was beheaded with an axe in 1542. King Henry VIII married a woman named Katherine Parr (Henry’s sixth wife) in 1543. She was an English woman and also she was a widow. At this time Henry was very ill and Katherine nurse was dedicated to nursing Henry and taking great care of his children. King Henry VIII later on died from complications with an old jousting injury and diabetes in 1547. Katherine then married Jane Seymour’s brother who’s name was Thomas, but later on died after child birth in 1548.
King Henry’s childhood lead to how he was ruthless and he was always striving for power when he became King. He made sure that the Tudor dynasty wouldn’t end and in order to do this he had to marry many wives.

Works Cited

http://www.henryviiiandthetudors.co.uk/henry.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/mypaintings/Six_Wives_of_Henry_VIII/my-collection/#/1

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