an active role in religion and politics making decisions in the kings name

An active role in religion and politics making

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an active role in religion and politics, making decisions in the king’s name, especially favoring reforms to make England a Protestant nation. Anne had convinced Henry to execute his old friend, Thomas More, when More did not agree that Henry VIII had the authority to take control of the Church in England. Anne had made numerous enemies in the court who couldn’t wait for an opportunity to take Anne and her newly powerful family down. Henry began to ignore Anne, and he finally charged Anne with treason, after Anne’s enemies made up false evidence of adultery and incest with her brother against her. She was finally executed at the Tower of London, where she was beheaded with a sword, in 1536. #3) Many historians have said that Jane Seymour was Henry's favorite wife. This is because he buried himself next to her, and she produced his much-desired male heir (later to become King Edward VI). She also was English, born of a noble family, and was another Maid-in-Waiting to Anne Boleyn. Eleven days after he had executed Anne, Henry VIII married Jane Seymour. She was gentle, calm and quiet - quite the opposite of Anne. #2) Anne Boleyn (1501-1536)
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In 1537 at Hampton Court Jane gave birth to their son. Unfortunately, the delivery was difficult and twelve days later, Jane died from infection from the surgery at the childbirth. Henry was overjoyed to have a son, but was destroyed by the loss of Jane. Jane was buried at Windsor Castle, later to be joined by Henry 10 years later. #4) In 1540, Thomas Cromwell, Henry’s Chief Minister, persuaded Henry to marry Anne of Cleves. This would make an alliance with a strong Protestant German state, as Anne's brother was the powerful Duke of Cleves. As Henry did not want to marry an ugly lady he sent his court painter, Hans Holbein the Younger, to paint a portrait of her so that he could see what she looked like. It was this portrait that persuaded Henry to marry Anne. However, when she arrived in England, Henry found her ugly. He exclaimed, “I like her not!” and insulted her by saying that she looked like a horse! However, due to a signed contract, Henry and his lawyers could not find a way out of the arranged marriage. #3) Jane Seymour (1508-1537) #4) Anne of Cleves (1515-1557)
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Anne wore outdated German clothes, was poorly educated, barely spoke English, and was very ignorant as to what would be expected after the marriage ceremony. As Henry was very dissatisfied with her, he quickly arranged a divorce which they both agreed to amicably (Henry blamed the whole embarrassment on Thomas Cromwell and had him executed!) Their unconsummated marriage had lasted for only six months, but Anne of Cleves stayed at the Court and was well treated and considered the king’s sister (she was given the estates formerly owned by Anne Boleyn). She died in her bed in 1557, outliving
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  • Andrew Murphree
  • Henry VIII of England, Henry, King Henry VIII

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