Henry VIII

Essay by Jim Duffy February 1997

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On June 28, 1941 Henry the VIII of England was born. This young

man will form his own church. He will succeed to the throne in 1509. He

will also marry six women! Something good will happen when he is king,

he will unite England and Wales and will also do some bad things like

executing people who would not follow his rules. In 1539, the Act of

Supremacy declared Henry to be the head of the Church of England.

King Henry the VIII of England had a good side and a bad side.

Though popular with the people of England and also very talented he had

many bad times and many good times for himself. Henry was not only

selfish but, also handsome and had a hearty personality, he was also a gifted

scholar, linguist, composer, and a musician. He was talented at many sports

and was also good with the ladies.

Henry was the second son and the third

child of his father. Henry the VIII died in 1509, the only reason Henry would

become king is because of his brothers, Arthur, death in April of 1502.

Soon after that, Henry would marry his first wife, his brother (Arthur's)

widow, Catherine of Aragon. Many wifes would follow after her.

During most of his early reign, Henry relied on Thomas Cardinal

Wosley to do much of the political and religious activities. Henry soon got

tired of his marriage with Catherine of Aragon, so he decides that he doesn't

want to be married to her anymore, so he tells Thomas Wosley to talk to the

pope so he can divorce Catherine. But, Cardinal Wosley wasn't able to

convince the pope, so in 1529 Henry took Wosley's authority away from him.

Henry then appointed Sir Thomas More. Henry then got that...