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    Introduction Arguably the most infamous monarch in British history, Henry VIII impacted the world and changed England through his marriages. However, the six women themselves are far more than just the ill-fated wives of a monarch desperate for a male heir. These six women are from different backgrounds; from a Princess of Spain to a daughter of an English noble. Something all six women have in common is their marriage to Henry VIII. Henry VIII was the second king of the Tudor Dynasty of England. He ruled from 1509 until his death in 1547 (Staff) . His desire to produce a male heir to continue the Tudor Dynasty consumed him. He went to desperate measures to obtain a divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. He went so far as to name…

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    Alysha Clark History 101 Professor Crosby 1 October 2014 The Fates of Henry VIII’s Wives King Henry VIII, son and successor of King Henry VII, was known for his ever-changing marital status. Married six times, the easiest way to remember the order was a little rhyme: divorced, beheaded, and died, divorced, beheaded, and survived. Henry struggled to produce a male heir and maintain a faithful (and beautiful) wife. As Henry’s reasons to marry each woman differed, so did the reason of the…

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    The Unique Story of Henry VIII and Wives King Henry VIII had six wives, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Kathryn Howard, Katherine Parr. “Henry is the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.” (Henry VIII (r. 1509-1547)) “In his youth he was athletic and highly intelligent. He speaks good French, Latin, and Spanish; he is very religious; heard three masses daily when he hunted, he is extremely fond of hunting, and never takes that diversion without tiring…

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    Henry VIII used princely magnificence as a way to impress and gain parity over his rivals and that can be seen through the plentiful sums of money he spent in order to build and redesign structures such as the Hampton Court and Nonsuch Palace as well as spending vast amounts of entertainment, clothes, jewellery and art. In this essay, I will be looking at the materialistic obsessions of Henry VIII, his court during his reign and how he used princely magnificent to gain parity over his rivals.…

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    “Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Discarded Bride” by Elizabeth Norton is a biography about Anne of Cleves’s life, specifically, on her quick and brief marriage with the notorious Henry VIII of England. The biography mentions how Anne of Cleves was born and raised in tremendous royalty, due thanks to her ancestors whom were kings of England and France. As the story continues, Norton goes on to mention Anne’s encounter, marriage, and divorce, with the King of England. This condensed, yet interesting,…

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    Henry Tudor became Henry VIII when his father died in 1509. He reigned as King of England until his own death in 1547. History remembers him as one of the most infamous kings who ever lived. Henry VIII was married six times. After the Pope denied him the right to leave his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, he turned his back on the Catholic Church and created the Church of England in 1534. Now the official head of the English church, Henry VIII granted himself the right to a divorce. He then…

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    Henry VIII is one of the many famous Kings in history and one of the the very few to pass on a legacy. He was born on June 28, 1491 in a city called Greenwich located in England. His father was King of England and did not acknowledge Henry VIII as much compared to his two older siblings. His father had viewed Henry’s older brother, Arthur as the future heir since he showed that he had the credentials to take over the throne, although only after Arthur’s death due to an unknown illness and his…

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    Henry the VIII may be known for his thick stature, his multiple wives and the search for an heir at all cost, but there is more to be known for the King of England and the time during his reign. Thanks to author Alison Weir who goes in to great detail of King Henry’s life, from how he decorated, what he ate, how he ruled, to his famous wives, and children. There was much more to King Henry, whom seemed to not have a dull moment. It was not just the fact that he ruled with an iron fist, but Henry…

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    The Reformation began in the sixteenth century and took place all throughout Western Europe. The religious revolution became the basis for the foundations of Protestantism, which became a main branch of Christianity. Two of the main areas affected most by the Reformation were England and Germany. In these countries, the Reformation was spearheaded by two individuals, Henry VIII in England and Martin Luther in Germany. They brought about changes in their respective countries, each in an attempt…

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    Why would anyone knowingly marry a serial killer? In the most recent installment of Philippa Gregory’s Tudor Court series, The Taming of the Queen, the answer to that question becomes all too clear: because he is the KING! Kateryn Parr, the final Queen in the reign of Henry VIII, is the subject of this latest piece of historical fiction. Picking up shortly after the execution of Katherine Howard, King Henry’s fifth wife, this book introduces the world to the little known Queen Kateryn. With…

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