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Unformatted text preview: King Henry VIII passed away in his bed at Whitehall palace January 28, 1547. He was fifty-five years of age, physically a very old man. His hand was in Archbishop Cranmer's hand when death came upon him. His passing was not announced for several days, and it was not until January 31 that his nine-year- old son was proclaimed King Edward VI. All three of his children would reign as monarchs: Edward was sickly and died at fifteen, succeeded by his half-sister Mary in 1553. Queen Mary I died only five years later, succeeded by the iron- willed, fiery tempered Elizabeth, who reigned over England until 1603. 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 a subject of great debate for centuries....
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- Fall '08
- Henry VIII