Reign of King Henry VIII

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Historical Context Note

Henry Tudor (life 1491-1547; reign 1509-47) King Henry VIII of England, father of Queen Mary I, Elizabeth I and Edward VI, had six wives, two of whom he beheaded and another two he divorced. Following the Pope’s disagreement with Henry’s divorces, Henry insisted that the Church of England split from Rome, making Henry its first royal leader of the church. A determined figurehead, Henry had a tumultuous reign, incurring a large financial deficit from wars with France which he partly recouped in spoils from the dissolution of the monasteries.

The wars with France

Francis I acceded to the French throne in 1515, entering into an ongoing rivalry with Charles V, King of Austria, Burgundy and Spain and Holy Roman Emperor (…

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Editors. "Reign of King Henry VIII". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2005
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