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Name Name Institution The Six Wives of Henry VIII King Henry VIII was born in Greenwich, near London. He was the second son of King Henry VII. He took to the throne when his elder brother, Tudor died just six months to the throne. Due to political ties that were needed at the time, Catherine, at the age of 16, was married to Tudor to strengthen the ties with Spain. Of all the Tudor monarchs who would be skimming for power, but Henry was calm and waited for his time to the throne. It came barely six months of Tudor’s Reign. His calmness and righteousness convinced his father that he would make a good king. Apart from King Henry’s charm, he was also tall and fearsome, he was powerfully built. He became the King of England for 38 years before he died in 1547. He is known to take advantage of the Catholic Reforms by Martin Luther to divorce his first wife, Catherine. King Henry had six wives. Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon and four other wives. Coldwar and Marriage to Catherine King Henry VIII had a determination to engage in military warfare, and he also had hatred for Rome especially its papacy. He kept rivalry in Europe especially with French and Spanish Kingdoms, and he aggressively joined his father in law Ferdinand II in attacking France and Roman Empire. He never succeeded. He displayed no military talent and only had one victory at Flodden in 1513 (Licence, pp 231). The victory came against the Scottish invaders. From the fights, he discovered his minister who would become important in the religious reforms
Name 2 and establishment of the Church of England. From his marriage to Catherine, he bore three sons and two daughters, and all died except for one lady who survived (Warnicke, pp 450). King Henry then decided to have another wife to bring a male heir, and he was in love with Anne Boleyn, a young woman who was in Catherine entourage. Anne also failed to bore a child, and this led to another marriage to the third wife who bore a son, the wife died shortly after birth. King Henry VIII would go on and marry two other wives, but he is known for beheading two wives and divorcing two (Porter, pp 40). King Henry III marriage to Anne One of the controversial marriages that brought reforms in England was the marriage to Anne. Anne was a beautiful lady who was in Catherines entourage. Henry became infatuated with Anne, she became pregnant (Fraser, pp 30). Henry felt that Anne could bear a son. Therefore he wanted to make things faster and legitimize the child by not having the child borne outside wedlock. He, therefore, started the process of divorcing his wife Catherine. The court battle went for years (Warnicke, pp 230). With the help of his advisor Cardinal Wolsey, he petitioned pope. The petition did not go through because of the war that led to the fact that the Roman Empire was under attack by the Holy Roman Empire that forced pope Clement VII to flee. Catherine’s nephew was the Roman Emperor Charles V, thyereofre took control of papacy.

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