Henry VIII of England

Monarch

1491 – 1547

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Who was Henry VIII of England?

Henry VIII was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was Lord, and later assumed the Kingship, of Ireland, and continued the nominal claim by English monarchs to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, succeeding his father, Henry VII.

Besides his six marriages, Henry VIII is known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the pope and the Roman Catholic Church. His struggles with Rome led to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and his own establishment as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Yet he remained a believer in core Catholic theological teachings, even after his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry oversaw the legal union of England and Wales with the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542. He is also well known for a long personal rivalry with both Francis I of France and the Habsburg monarch Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire, his contemporaries with whom he frequently warred.

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Born
Jun 28, 1491
Palace of Placentia
Also known as
  • Henry VIII
  • King Henry VIII of England
  • Henry Tudor
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Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Church of England
  • Anglo-Catholicism
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Kingdom of England
Died
Jan 28, 1547
Palace of Whitehall
Resting place
St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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