Henry VIII (1491-1546) was the second son of Henry VII. His older brother Arthur died at 15. Henry wed his brother's wife Catherine of Aragon. He later claimed that the marriage to Arthur was not consummated and could be annulled allowing him to wed the fetching Anne Boleyn. We all know the story of how he married Anne and later had her beheaded. Henry married six times and beheaded Anne and his fifth wife Katherine Howard. The story of Henry and his wives has been told countless times in print and on the big screen. However, much less is given play on the men who advised Henry during his long reign. Among the greatest of these advisors
a. Cardinal Wolsey- A longtime advisor of whom Henry became furious at due to the prelate's opposition to his marriage to Anne Boleyn and his support of Catherine of Aragon and the Roman Catholic faith. He died before he could be tried for treason.
b. Sir Thomas More was a friend of Henry from their early years and became Lord Chancellor of the Realm. He is the author of The Utopia and was a staunch defender of the Roman Catholic religion. He was excecuted on the orders of Henry VIII for not supporting the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn
c.Thomas Cromwell was Henry's utility infielder of doing his work. He suppressed the monasteries adding millions of revenue to Henry's treasury. He initially supported Anne Boleyn and then turned against her. Henry was furious when he wed Anne of Cleves who was supported by Cromwell. Cromwell was an evangelical Christian while Henry still loved the rites and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. He was accused of treason and beheaded
d. Henry Brandon Duke of Sussex married Henry's sister Mary. He was a soldier and diplomat and loved wine, women and song as did Henry,. He died n his bed
Henry VIII was a spoiled, lascvicious , egocentric dictator who is the cruelest tyrant in British history. An athletic young man he was handsome and loved tennis, hunting, hawking and chasing women. He became obesee, paranoid and was at all times fickle. He often failed in military campaigns against his arch rivals King Francis I of France and Charles V the Holy Roman Emperor. He was intelligent and loved music and studying theology and science.
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