Henry the Eighth Essay

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Henry the Eighth





Henry the VIII became heir to the throne after his brother Arthur died. He received little
training for his future role as king, and relied on his counselors during his early reign.
Henry is remembered for his tyrancy, but most of all for his six wives.

The first of Henry’s wives was Catherine of Aragon. She was the widow of Henry’s
brother, Arthur. After Arthur’s death Catherine’s future was the
responsibility of her parents and father-in law. They decided that the Anglo-Spanish
alliance must be maintained. After the death of his father, Henry married Catherine of
Aragon in 1509. Henry was greatly taken with his bride. She was intelligent, accomplished
and spirited, a more than suitable companion for a young and energetic king.

The prime duty of any queen was to bear children, preferably males, so that the dynasty
would continue after the king’s demise. Although Catherine was pregnant many times,
only Princess Mary survived. Henry became increasingly frustrated and disappointed; he
still didn’t have an heir to the throne. The ” King’s great Matter
“became public knowledge. He remained a devoted husband to Catherine until Henry met
the woman who was to be his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Bewitched by Anne’s sparkling
looks and vivacious personality. The king began scheming to end his marriage to Catherine.
He claimed that it had never really been a marriage because she had been his
brother’s wife. Catherine claimed her first marriage was never consummated and
therefore wasn’t valid; Church authorities agreed with Catherine. For six years
Henry struggled unsuccessfully to have his marriage annulled. In the end, determined to
have his way, he broke free of the Catholic Church, established the church of England,
banished Catherine from court, had his first marriage declared invalid and married Anne
Boleyn.

Anne was crowned queen in 1533,later that year she gave birth to her only child,
Elizabeth. The years of waiting made Anne moody and sharpen tongued; Henry was falling out
of love with her. Anne had made many enemies during her reign; she brought about the
downfall of Cardinal Wolsey and plotted against Henry’s first wife and daughter,
Mary.

In 1536, Catherine died and Anne was pregnant again; she knows if she gave birth to a
healthy son her position, as queen would be secure. On the day of Catherine’s
funeral Anne found Henry with Jane Seymour one of Anne’s maids of honor and had a
miscarriage.

Six months later Anne was arrested and charged with having several affairs. She was
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