Henry VIII of England Facts

Henry VIII of England Facts
Henry VIII was the King of England from 1509 until he died in 1547, who became most famous for his six marriages, of which three were annulled. He was born June 28, 1491, to Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, Kent. He was appointed Constable of Dover Castle and as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports at the age of only two. At the age of three he was appointed as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Earl Marshal of England. He was inducted into the Order of the Bath shortly afterwards. He was then appointed the Duke of York. He received a good education but was not expected to become king. His older brother died at 15 and Henry was then betrothed to marry his widow. Henry became King Henry VIII when his father died in 1509. Henry VIII was 17.
Interesting Henry VIII of England Facts:
Henry VIII had two of his late father's ministers executed in 1510 after charging them with high treason. He also returned some of the money to the public that he had accused them of stealing.
Henry VIII became famous for using execution as a method to deal with anyone who opposed him or stood in his way.
Henry VIII's wife Catherine had several stillborn babies and a son Henry that died at 7 weeks old. They finally had a daughter Mary that survived.
Henry VIII had affairs and an illegitimate son in 1519 named Henry FitzRoy that would have been legitimized and become king eventually if he had not died in 1536.
Henry VIII eventually annulled his marriage to Catherine in order to remarry and try to have an heir to the throne.
Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in 1532. Catherine became princess dowager as she lost her title as queen.
Henry VIII had Anne and her brother George executed in 1536 for potentially false allegations against them.
Henry VIII married Jane Seymour and she died shortly after giving birth to their son Prince Edward.
Henry VIII married Catherine Howard but she was beheaded two years later for adultery.
In 1543 Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, who helped him to reconcile with his daughters Elizabeth and Mary.
As Henry VIII aged he became obese and required mechanical intervention to move about. A jousting wound caused him more health issues that also included mood swings.
Some believe that the high number of miscarriages, stillbirths and infant deaths that Henry VIIIs wives experienced may have been a result of Henry being Kell positive.
Henry VIII was active militarily throughout his reign. He became known as the father of the Royal Navy, having increased its size from only a few ships to more than 50.
Henry VIII also made radical changes to England's Constitution throughout his reign including supremacy over the Church of England.
Henry VIII died on January 28, 1547 at the age of 55.
Edward VI succeeded Henry VIII upon his death, but he was only 9 years old and not old enough to rule. Instead 16 executors were in charge until Edward turned 18.


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