4.4 Faith in History - HENRY VIII THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND...

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HENRY VIII & THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND 1 Henry VIII & The Church of England Indiana Wesleyan University Rachel Schrand
HENRY VIII & THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND 2 Henry VIII & The Church of England Henry VIII was the second son of King Henry VII, the first English ruler from the House of Tudor, and Elizabeth of York. He was born on June 28, 1491 at the Greenwich Palace. He had six siblings, but only three survived: Arthur, Margaret and Mary. His older brother Arthur was being prepared for the throne. Henry was steered toward a church career, with a broad education in theology, music, languages, poetry and sports (History.com Staff, 2009). Other than establishing the Church of England, Henry is also known for having six wives. In 1502, his elder brother Arthur died from a sudden illness and Henry then became the Prince of Wales (Henry VIII | History, 2016). With a blessing from Pope Julius II, Henry married his brothers widow Catherine of Aragon (King Henry VIII, 2016). While he was still legally married to Catherine of Aragon, he married Anne Boleyn in secret on January 25, 1533. Anne gave birth to a female child Elizabeth, but she did not give him the male heir Henry so desperately wanted. For this reason, he had his marriage with her annulled, had her executed on false charges of adultery, and married Jane Seymour. Seymour gave Henry a male child, but she died shortly after doing so. The boy was sickly, and Henry reluctantly remarried. His fourth wife was the German Protestant, Anne of Cleves. Henry disliked her from the beginning, and had their marriage annulled after only a few months. He proceeded to marry Catherine Howard, a young

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