Henry VIII of England

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Date of Birth June 28, 1491
Place of Birth Greenwich, England
Date of Death Jan 28, 1547 (55)
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Henry VIII of England

Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. Henry is best known for his six marriages, and, in particular, his efforts to have his first marriage annulled. His disagreement with Pope Clement VII on the question of such an annulment led Henry to initiate the English Reformation, separating the Church of England from papal authority. He appointed himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England and dissolved convents and monasteries, for which he was excommunicated. Henry is also known as "the father of the Royal Navy," as he invested heavily in the navy, increasing its size from a few to more than 50 ships, and established the Navy Board. Domestically, Henry is known for his radical changes to the English Constitution, ushering in the theory of the divine right of kings. He also greatly expanded royal power during his reign.

Predecessor: Henry VII
Successor: Edward VI
Born: Henry Tudor, 28 June 1491, Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, Kent, England
Died: January 28, 1547, Palace of Whitehall, London, England
Burial: 16 February 1547, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Issue, Among others: Henry, Duke of Cornwall, Mary I of England, Henry Fitzroy (illegitimate), Elizabeth I of England, Edward VI of England
House: Tudor
Father: Henry VII of England
Mother: Elizabeth of York
Religion: Church of England (1534–1547), Roman Catholicism (1491–1534)
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About Henry VIII of England

Second monarch of the Tudor dynasty who reigned from 1509 to 1547 and separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. The Showtime original series The Tudors, where he is portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is based on his reign.

Before Fame

Due to the fact that his elder brother was to assume the throne, he was prepared for a clerical career.


His inability to stick to one wife led to the creation of the Anglican Church because the Roman Catholic Church prohibited divorce.

Family Life

He is perhaps best known for marrying six different women, including Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, in an attempt to get a male heir to the throne.


He was succeeded as King of England by his son Edward VI.

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