Henry VIII began his reign as a handsome young king beloved by his people

Henry VIII began his reign as a handsome young king beloved by his people

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Henry VIII began his reign as a handsome young king beloved by his people, and ended  it as a grotesquely fat tyrant who was feared by all who knew him. His legacy has been  a subject of great debate for centuries. His six marriages, his executions of ministers  such as Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell, his religious persecutions, and his  showy but mediocre diplomatic and military successes gained him a singular fame, if  not respect, throughout Europe. Loved and hated, Henry VIII remains a most well- known and intriguing personality, and one which may only be paralleled among English  monarchs, remarkably, by his own daughter Elizabeth I. Above everything, even his tyranny, it is Henry's break with Rome which has given him  his prominent place in the chronicles of English history. While the nature of that break  may not even have been entirely understood by Henry himself, it marked a most 
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