Henry VIII

Hey guys! In our social class we are learning about the history of Henry VIII. I found it very interesting so here are 10 facts about him.

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  1. Henry VIII is the second son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.
  2.  He was born on June 28, 1491, at the royal residence, Greenwich Palace, in Greenwich, London, England.
  3.  After the death of his elder brother Arthur in 1502, Henry became heir to the English throne.(King of England)
  4. Henry VIII is known as the ‘father of the Royal Navy.’ When he became king there were five royal warships. By his death he had built up a navy of around 50 ships. He refitted several vessels with the latest guns including the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545.
  5.  Henry also built the first naval dock in Britain at Portsmouth and in 1546 he established the Navy Board. This set up the administrative machinery for the control of the fleet.
  6.  Henry VIII is one of the most famous kings in English history. He was the second Tudor monarch and was well-known for having six wives. His break with the papacy in Rome established the Church of England and began the Reformation.
  7.  His only surviving son, Edward VI, succeeded him after his death on January 28,1547.
  8.  From 1514 to 1529, he had relied on Thomas Wolsey, a Catholic cardinal, to guide his domestic and foreign policies. After 16 years of power, Wolsey was arrested and falsely charged with treason. He subsequently died in custody. Henry’s actions upon Wolsey gave a strong signal to the pope that he would not honor the wishes of even the highest clergy and would instead exercise full power in every realm of his court.
  9.  After Henry declared his supremacy, the Christian church separated, forming the Church of England. Henry instituted several statutes that outlined the relationship between the king and the pope and the structure of the Church of England
  10. His only surviving son, Edward VI, succeeded him after his death on January 28,1547.
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