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Surname 1NameProfessorCourse TitleDateKing Henry VIII and English ReformationKing Henry VIII’s break with the Rome was an act of state motivated by political motivesbut his supporters were appalled at the abuses by the Catholic Church and the corruption of thePapacy. He ruled for thirty-six years, presiding over sweeping changes that brought England tothe Protestant Reformation. King Henry VIII married six wives in search of a healthy male heir,political alliance and marital bliss. His wishes and desire to annul his marriage without thepope’s approval led to the creation of a separate church. Among the wives, two died of naturalcauses, two were killed for adultery and treason and the rest two marriages ended in annulment.Despite being a loyal catholic follower in his younger ages, King Henry VIII left the CatholicChurch in search of a male heir, causing the English Reformation which had far reachingconsequences in England.King Henry III was not in the line of succession and was never expected to be the King ofEngland because he had an elder brother named Arthur. However, Arthur died due to illness fewmonths after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. King Henry VIII was forced to inherit hisbrother’s wife so that the political benefits envisioned from her marriage to Arthur would stillremain. However, there emerged doubts whether it was right for him to inherit his brother’s wife.The Pope granted them the dispensation and they got married in 1503 to protect the politicalbond between England and Spain.
Surname 2Few years later, Catherine was unable to bore him son that could survive infancy. TheKing wanted a son who would inherit him and be his heir to the English throne. However,Catherine continued to grow and it became clear that she would be unable to bore more children.It was at this moment when the King decided to marry someone else who could bore him morechildren in search of a son. Although the king had already chosen someone else to marry, hisrequest for the Pope to annul his marriage was rejected citing that the Roman Catholic faithbelieved in marriage for life. The Roman Catholic faith did not support divorce. It only permitted

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