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THE LIFE AND LOVES OF KING HENRY VIII

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King Henry VII was born on June 28,1491 and was the second eldest son of KIng Henry VII and Elizabeth York.

He was taught the new learning of the Renaissance and showed promise in both music and sports.

In 1503, following the death of his elder brother Arthur he was given the title Prince of Wales.

He was granted permission to marry Arthur's widow, Katherine of Aragon shortly after he succeeded his father on the throne and became King of England in 1509.

Henry and Katherine had two infants born in 1510 and 1511, one was a still born baby girl and the other was Prince Henry who died a month after his birth.

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Katherine of Aragon and Princess Mary

In 1513 Katherine became ruler of England while Henry fought in France.

Three years later the royal couple welcomed a baby girl whom they named Mary into the world on February 18 th 1516.

Three years after Mary's birth Henry and his mistress Elizabeth Blount welcomes a son into the world and they named him Henry Fitzroy.

In 1522 Henry and his men joined Charles V in battle against the French and ended up not getting any recognition for his efforts in the the fight.

After many unsuccessful pregnancies and no prospects of a male heir Henry sought a divorce to be decreed from the Catholic church to disolve his union with Katherine. 

Henry started  the church of England, which was of the Protestant dedomination and  refused to pay attention to the words of the pope and the Roman church.

During this time he stole church lands and handed over control of it to the religious reformists.

The marriage to Katherine was declared null and void after he secretly married Anne Boleyn on January 25th 1533 .

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Anne Boleyn and Princess Elizabeth

A few months after they were wed Anne and Henry welcomed a baby girl into the world whom they named Elizabeth. Years later she would be known as the virgin queen.

After a still born son was born Henry searched for someone else to provided him a male heir to the throne and that is when he began courting Jane Seymour.

 

Jane Seymour and Edward VI ( the boy who would be king)

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After one more unsuccessful birth of a male heir to the throne and word about Anne's infedelity, incest and treason against him became known Henry had her arrested and she was soon put to trial and then beheaded on May 19 th 1536.
 
Three weeks later Henry married  Jane Seymour and they had a son they named Edward who would reign as king of England for 15 years after his untimely death in 1547.
 
Jane died 12 days after the birth of the son she shared with Henry.
 

Two years after the death of  Jane Seymour  Henry married  Anne of Cleves who was not the type of woman thAt he was attracted to
 
Henry was said to have referred to her as ugly and stated that the last thing he wanted to do was marry her.
 
 
Never the less they were married January 6th 1540.

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Anne of Cleves

Their marriage was annulled after 6 months and was not consummated.
 
Henry gave her the honorary title " The King's Sister" and presented her with property which included Hever Castle (formerly the home of Anne Boleyn) and the Burgh of Bardfield which included the Great Lodge estate near Braintree in Essex.

The next woman to become his queen was none other than Katherine Howard . 
 
 

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Katherin Howard

Katherine was a feather brained young woman and whom like her cousin Anne was executed for committing adultry.
 
Katherine Howard was executed on February 13 th 1453.
 

Henry  then married Katherine Parr on July 12 1543.

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She was an intelligent and well educated woman who was a humanist and a secret protestant.
 
She was described as gentle, poised, kind and maternal towards the kings three children and was an ideal stepmother for the kings three children.
 
In 1543 Katherine convinced Henry to reinstate both Mary and Elizabeth in succession for the throne and by an act of parliament it was put into motion. 
 
She remained his wife till the day of his death on January 28, 1547.