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Henry VIII of England (1491-1547) was the successor to the throne from the House of Tudor. He was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. See below for more fascinating facts about the Henry VIII and his reign of terror or download the comprehensive worksheet pack which can be utilised within the classroom or home environment.
- Henry Tudor was born at the Greenwich Palace on June 28, 1491. Before becoming the king of England, he was a high ranking official of the church. After the death of his elder brother, Arthur, he succeeded the throne in 1509.
- To secure the union of Spain and England, Henry VIII married the widow of his brother, Catherine of Aragon
- The couple were crowned at Westminster Abbey. After 24 years of marriage, Catherine of Aragon failed to give the desperate king a son. The marriage was annulled creating a dispute against the papal authority and the Roman Catholic Church.
- Right after the annulment in 1533, he married Anne Boleyn, sister of Mary, one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting. Their union ended with a tragedy. Three years later, Anne was beheaded due to adultery and incest. Again, she was also not successful in producing a male heir to the throne.
- Jane Seymour married the king a day after the death of Anne. She died from childbirth. Henry considered Jane as his only legitimate wife after giving him a son, Edward.
- Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr became the last three wives of the king. He had three children, namely Mary I (child to Catherine of Aragon), Elizabeth I (child to Anne Boleyn) and Edward VI (child to Jane Seymour).
- Henry was not only known for his six wives but also for the English Reformation. The Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church after his divorce with Catherine of Aragon. He appointed himself as the Supreme Head of the Church through the Act of Supremacy. The Pope and the Catholic Church excommunicated Henry due to his actions, making Spain an enemy. He ordered the clergies to dispose of monasteries, religious idols, and relics until 1545.
- The first Act of Succession in 1533 made Princess Elizabeth the rightful heir to the throne, declaring Mary illegitimate. This was followed by the Second and
- Third Act of Succession, making Elizabeth illegitimate, and both of them as the successor to the throne. This all took place after the death of young Edward VI in 1553.
- On January 28, 1547, he died at the age of 55. He failed to recover after a jousting accident. Henry suffered from obesity and diabetes. Later, his body was interred in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle along with his third wife, Jane Seymour.
Henry VIII Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Henry VIII Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Henry VIII of England (1491-1547) who was the successor to the throne from the House of Tudor.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Henry VIII Facts
- The Controversial King
- The Six Wives
- All About the English Reformation
- The Tudor Dynasty Crossword
- The Next Heir
- King’s Portrait
- Catholicism v Protestantism
- The Royal Search
- I Proclaim!
- What I Learned
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