Essay Henry Viii And The Throne Of England

1566 Words Nov 14th, 2014 7 Pages
Following the death of his brother Arthur, Henry VIII received special permission to wed his brother’s widow, Catherine of Aragon. But after many failed attempts at conceiving an heir to the throne, King Henry VIII decided he wanted an annulment. The request was denied by the Pope and eventually Henry VIII was excommunicated from the Catholic Church and, subsequently, so were his subjects. After a complicated power struggle with the Catholic Church, which involved political and theological issues, King Henry VIII split from the Church causing the Church to lose followers. Therefore their power in England, changing England forever. Henry VIII was born on June 28th 1491. He was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. When his brother Prince Arthur died in 1502, Henry became the heir to the throne of England. He began his rule at the age of eighteen in 1509. Henry was an intelligent young man, he spoke four languages and was also very religious . He even heard three masses a day when he was hunting, an activity he was extremely fond of. When Henry wrote a book attacking Martin Luther’s work and supporting the Catholic Church called ‘Assertio Septem Sacramentorum”, the Pope gave Henry the title of “Defender of the Faith. ” As ruler, Henry’s foreign policy interests were centered in Western Europe, specifically Spain and France, as well as the Holy Roman Empire. Henry had family ties to all three nations, his wife was the daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon, his sister…

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