About Henry VIII TUDOR (King of England) Six Wives and.

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If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for
any man to hold him.
- Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

Henry Tudor, named after his father, Henry VII , was born by Elizabeth of York June 28, 1491 in Greenwich Palace . Since he was the second son, and not expected to become king, we know little of his childhood until the death of his older brother Arthur, Prince of Wales . We know that Henry attended the wedding celebrations of Arthur and his bride, Catherine of Aragon , in November 1501 when he was 10 years old.

Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

We all think we know Henry VIII (r. 1509-47) and all there is to know about him. The Holbein portraits, the profusion of television dramas and films, the novels and histories set in his world make him ubiquitous.

How would you like to spend your days hunting game or relaxing in your home, whilst teams of other people work off the land that you own and pay you rent?

This is the kind of existence that well-to-do men and women could look forward to on a day-to-day basis; ordering their servants about, whilst the land surrounding their safe, warm home was worked by peasants. There were, of course, plenty of administrative jobs in major cities, working for solicitors, the church or the government, but this kind of work often required a university education which cost a great deal and required a certain social standing…

Whilst the Tudor times were by no means  easy for any level of it’s rigid class system , the poor arguably had the worst ride. With no welfare system to rely on and a worrying lack of civil rights, the poor had to work their hands to the bone in order to scrape together the most meagre of existences for themselves and their families.

Henry Tudor (June 28, 1491 to January 28, 1547) was the king of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. The son of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth York, Henry became king of England following the death of his father. He married six times, beheading two of his wives, and was the main instigator of the English Reformation. His only surviving son, Edward VI , succeeded him after his death.

Henry VIII had a total of six wives, including Catherine of Aragon , Anne Boleyn , Jane Seymour , Anne of Cleves , Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.

At the age of 17, Henry married Catherine of Aragon, Spain, and the two were crowned at Westminster Abbey. Henry VIII’s father wanted to affirm his family's alliance with Spain, so he offered his young son to Catherine, who was the widow of Henry’s brother Arthur. The two families requested that Pope Julius II officially grant dispensation to Arthur and Catherine's marriage. The pope conceded, but the official marriage of Henry and Catherine was postponed until the death of Henry VII in 1509.

Stage 1
1531: Pardon of the Clergy (Henry is “supremum caput” as far as the law of Christ allows); Act of Appeals (1533); Act of Supremacy (1534); Act of Treasons (1534); trials of More and Fisher (1535); Act Extinguishing the Authority of the Bishop of Rome (1536).

The king acted as the final redactor and umpire in forcing a compromise in line with his own personal theology and his opinion of himself as the keeper of the “conscience” of the church and realm of England. NB Henry theologically dyslexic: he abolishes Catholic works theology, purgatory and mediation of saints, but refuses to accept the Lutheran doctrine of justification by faith. Council of Trent rewrites the rule book.

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If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for
any man to hold him.
- Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

Henry Tudor, named after his father, Henry VII , was born by Elizabeth of York June 28, 1491 in Greenwich Palace . Since he was the second son, and not expected to become king, we know little of his childhood until the death of his older brother Arthur, Prince of Wales . We know that Henry attended the wedding celebrations of Arthur and his bride, Catherine of Aragon , in November 1501 when he was 10 years old.

Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

We all think we know Henry VIII (r. 1509-47) and all there is to know about him. The Holbein portraits, the profusion of television dramas and films, the novels and histories set in his world make him ubiquitous.

How would you like to spend your days hunting game or relaxing in your home, whilst teams of other people work off the land that you own and pay you rent?

This is the kind of existence that well-to-do men and women could look forward to on a day-to-day basis; ordering their servants about, whilst the land surrounding their safe, warm home was worked by peasants. There were, of course, plenty of administrative jobs in major cities, working for solicitors, the church or the government, but this kind of work often required a university education which cost a great deal and required a certain social standing…

Whilst the Tudor times were by no means  easy for any level of it’s rigid class system , the poor arguably had the worst ride. With no welfare system to rely on and a worrying lack of civil rights, the poor had to work their hands to the bone in order to scrape together the most meagre of existences for themselves and their families.

Henry Tudor (June 28, 1491 to January 28, 1547) was the king of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. The son of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth York, Henry became king of England following the death of his father. He married six times, beheading two of his wives, and was the main instigator of the English Reformation. His only surviving son, Edward VI , succeeded him after his death.

Henry VIII had a total of six wives, including Catherine of Aragon , Anne Boleyn , Jane Seymour , Anne of Cleves , Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.

At the age of 17, Henry married Catherine of Aragon, Spain, and the two were crowned at Westminster Abbey. Henry VIII’s father wanted to affirm his family's alliance with Spain, so he offered his young son to Catherine, who was the widow of Henry’s brother Arthur. The two families requested that Pope Julius II officially grant dispensation to Arthur and Catherine's marriage. The pope conceded, but the official marriage of Henry and Catherine was postponed until the death of Henry VII in 1509.

TudorHistory.org Blog Questions & Answers Blog Follow @TudorHistory The Tudor Monarchs More about Henry VIII at this site: Henry VIII Gallery Page 1


If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for
any man to hold him.
- Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

Henry Tudor, named after his father, Henry VII , was born by Elizabeth of York June 28, 1491 in Greenwich Palace . Since he was the second son, and not expected to become king, we know little of his childhood until the death of his older brother Arthur, Prince of Wales . We know that Henry attended the wedding celebrations of Arthur and his bride, Catherine of Aragon , in November 1501 when he was 10 years old.

Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

We all think we know Henry VIII (r. 1509-47) and all there is to know about him. The Holbein portraits, the profusion of television dramas and films, the novels and histories set in his world make him ubiquitous.

How would you like to spend your days hunting game or relaxing in your home, whilst teams of other people work off the land that you own and pay you rent?

This is the kind of existence that well-to-do men and women could look forward to on a day-to-day basis; ordering their servants about, whilst the land surrounding their safe, warm home was worked by peasants. There were, of course, plenty of administrative jobs in major cities, working for solicitors, the church or the government, but this kind of work often required a university education which cost a great deal and required a certain social standing…

Whilst the Tudor times were by no means  easy for any level of it’s rigid class system , the poor arguably had the worst ride. With no welfare system to rely on and a worrying lack of civil rights, the poor had to work their hands to the bone in order to scrape together the most meagre of existences for themselves and their families.

TudorHistory.org Blog Questions & Answers Blog Follow @TudorHistory The Tudor Monarchs More about Henry VIII at this site: Henry VIII Gallery Page 1


If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for
any man to hold him.
- Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

Henry Tudor, named after his father, Henry VII , was born by Elizabeth of York June 28, 1491 in Greenwich Palace . Since he was the second son, and not expected to become king, we know little of his childhood until the death of his older brother Arthur, Prince of Wales . We know that Henry attended the wedding celebrations of Arthur and his bride, Catherine of Aragon , in November 1501 when he was 10 years old.

Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

We all think we know Henry VIII (r. 1509-47) and all there is to know about him. The Holbein portraits, the profusion of television dramas and films, the novels and histories set in his world make him ubiquitous.

TudorHistory.org Blog Questions & Answers Blog Follow @TudorHistory The Tudor Monarchs More about Henry VIII at this site: Henry VIII Gallery Page 1


If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for
any man to hold him.
- Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

Henry Tudor, named after his father, Henry VII , was born by Elizabeth of York June 28, 1491 in Greenwich Palace . Since he was the second son, and not expected to become king, we know little of his childhood until the death of his older brother Arthur, Prince of Wales . We know that Henry attended the wedding celebrations of Arthur and his bride, Catherine of Aragon , in November 1501 when he was 10 years old.

 
 
 
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