Henry VIII

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April 21,1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.

April 21,1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.

After Henry took his dead brother Arthur's bride the foundations were laid for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history. He was the perfect Renaissance prince, but his first wife Katherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir brought out his darker side and led to his dismantling of the established church in England. By the time of his death, he had married six times.

After Henry took his dead brother Arthur's bride the foundations were laid for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history. He was the perfect Renaissance prince, but his first wife Katherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir brought out his darker side and led to his dismantling of the established church in England. By the time of his death, he had married six times.

Henry VIII (1491–1547)  by Hans Holbein the younger  (studio of)

Henry VIII (1491–1547) by Hans Holbein the younger (studio of)

Field armor of Henry VIII of England about 1544

Field armor of Henry VIII of England about 1544

House of Tudor 1485 - 1603 family tree

House of Tudor 1485 - 1603 family tree

Henry VIII & his wives ~ finally and exhaustively! All we have to add is that these three Queens were relatives ( Boleyn, Howard, Parr), all these three could be beheaded (Parr was very close to execution and murder),  all these three were, probably, the most beloved wives of Henry VIII of England.

Henry VIII & his wives ~ finally and exhaustively! All we have to add is that these three Queens were relatives ( Boleyn, Howard, Parr), all these three could be beheaded (Parr was very close to execution and murder), all these three were, probably, the most beloved wives of Henry VIII of England.

Prince Edward Tudor - King Henry VIII's only legitimate son (with Jane Seymour)

Prince Edward Tudor - King Henry VIII's only legitimate son (with Jane Seymour)

Henry VIII and his six wives (in order) by reconstruction artist M.A. Ludwig

Henry VIII and his six wives (in order) by reconstruction artist M.A. Ludwig

Eighteen year-old King Henry VIII after his crowning in 1509, around the date he composed Pastime with Good Company.

Eighteen year-old King Henry VIII after his crowning in 1509, around the date he composed Pastime with Good Company.

On this day in 1557, Anne of Cleves died. Henry VIII's 4th wife, Anne outlived all the other wives as well as Henry. Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves were married for just over 6 months when they were formally annulled on July 9th the same year. Henry gave Anne Hever Castle as part of the settlement, which stayed in her possession until her death in 1557. Henry and Anne enjoyed a firm friendship long after their annulment.

On this day in 1557, Anne of Cleves died. Henry VIII's 4th wife, Anne outlived all the other wives as well as Henry. Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves were married for just over 6 months when they were formally annulled on July 9th the same year. Henry gave Anne Hever Castle as part of the settlement, which stayed in her possession until her death in 1557. Henry and Anne enjoyed a firm friendship long after their annulment.

Henry VIII visits his son, Prince Edward

Henry VIII visits his son, Prince Edward

This painting is the finest and most compelling portrait of Elizabeth I before her accession. It conveys her beauty, dignity, gentleness and learning. 1546 / Attributed to William Scrots. Probably painted for Henry VIII.

This painting is the finest and most compelling portrait of Elizabeth I before her accession. It conveys her beauty, dignity, gentleness and learning. 1546 / Attributed to William Scrots. Probably painted for Henry VIII.

This is where King Henry VIII was throned in 1509. Since 1308, when it was commissioned by King Edward I, all but two monarchs have been crowned in the chair.    This image was taken in 1987 when the Stone of Scone was still there.

This is where King Henry VIII was throned in 1509. Since 1308, when it was commissioned by King Edward I, all but two monarchs have been crowned in the chair. This image was taken in 1987 when the Stone of Scone was still there.

Henry VIII's tapestries at Hampton Court palace. Tapestries were so expensive that one was worth the same amount as a warship like the Mary Rose. These are made using silver and gold threads.

Henry VIII's tapestries at Hampton Court palace. Tapestries were so expensive that one was worth the same amount as a warship like the Mary Rose. These are made using silver and gold threads.

Works by philosopher and theologian William of Ockham published in 1495. Contains notes and highlighted texts used to argue king's independence. Discovery shows how kings' advisers scoured country trying to find texts. Passages used as he sought annulment to marry second wife Anne Boleyn. The period, which led to break-up with Rome, is documented in Wolf Hall.

Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage discovered in Cornwall

Works by philosopher and theologian William of Ockham published in 1495. Contains notes and highlighted texts used to argue king's independence. Discovery shows how kings' advisers scoured country trying to find texts. Passages used as he sought annulment to marry second wife Anne Boleyn. The period, which led to break-up with Rome, is documented in Wolf Hall.

Wax figures of Henry VIII's wives. Nice!

Wax figures of Henry VIII's wives. Nice!

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