Riesberg 1Halsey RiesbergHIS.101.M01 Professor McPhail 18 April 2020King Henry VIII and His Six Wives The Renaissance Period in England from the late fifteenth century to the early seventeenth century consisted of three different periods being the Early Tudor Period from the year 1485 to 1558, The Elizabethan Period from 1558 to 1603, and the Jacobean Period from 1603 to 1625. King Henry VIII was born on June twenty-eighth of 1491 and died January twenty-eighth of 1547 at fifty-five years old. After he became king, two of the things he was most famous for was the number of wives he had, and his separation from the Roman Catholic church and had himself declared the supreme head of the church of England. When it came to his six wives, two of which he had executed, two with annulled marriages, and the other two having died before anything could be done with them. King Henry VIII’s separation from the Roman Catholic church had been created due to his first wife after the pope would not declare the marriage illegitimate. The Tower of London, the fortress that came to epitomize the brutality of the Tudor regime, and of its most famous king, was not only a palace, a prison, and an armory but the place King Henry VIII had his wives executed. King Henry VIII was not a team player and when he acted like it, it was only in favor of him. Even though King Henry VIII had a short life, he managed to have many wives, separate himself and create a new church, as well as having The Tower of London being Henry VIII personal little play place. King Henry VIII was born to King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York in 1491 in the Early Tudor Period of The Renaissance. Henry VIII spent his entire life, of fifty-five years, in the Tudor Period and had quite the lavish life. Becoming king of England in 1509 at
Riesberg 2just seventeen years old, can certainly change a person, most of the time when untimely situations occur people take it with a grain of salt and just do the job, but King Henry VIII let his newfound power get to his head. He became King after his older brother, Arthur, died. When Martin Luther issued grievances about the Catholic Church in 1517, King Henry VIII took it upon himself to personally let it be known that he refused to accept and be associated with the arguments of the Protestant Reformation leader. The Pope then rewarded Henry with the lofty title of Fidei Defensor, or Defender of the Faith and stood by his side. Less than a decade later, King Henry VIII would break away with the Catholic Church and not only accept the role of Supreme Head of the Church of England but also end up bring the English Reformation into play. King Henry VIII let the marriage to Catherine go on for seventeen years before breaking away from the same church that stood by him in the early days thinking it was the only thing to do after his first of his six wives, Catherine of Aragon, had failed to produce a son and male heir to the throne, but produces a girl, Mary. Back then divorce, especially when it involved the king,was seen as something ungodly and wrong in the eyes of the church.