Henry VIII was the King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death on the 28th of January of 1547. He was also King of Ireland and claimant to the Kingdom of France. Henrywas the second monarch of the House of Tudor, succeeding his father, Henry VII.
Henry was an attractive and charismatic man, educated and accomplished. He ruled with absolute power, perhaps the lastEnglish monarch to do so. His overwhelming desire to provide England with a male heir, partly from personal vanity, but also on the grounds that a female would not be strong enough to consolidate theTudor Dynasty, led to the two things that Henry is remembered for today: his six wives, and the English Reformation that made England a Protestant nation. His public image is lustful, egotistical,deceitful, opinionated, and insecure, and his vast wasteful luxuries and useless wars depleted the treasury. The six wives made him a cultural icon, with many books, films, plays, and television seriesbased around him and his wives.
Henry VIII was a significant figure in the history of the English monarchy, more popularly known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from theRoman Catholic Church. Henry's struggles with Rome ultimately led to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, tand establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.This separation was caused because the church didn't approve his divorce from Catherine to marry Anne Boleyn.
Catherine of Aragon
Catherine of Aragon, was the Princess of Wales as the wife toArthur, Prince of Wales, and Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England. For six months, she served as regent of England while Henry was in France. During that time the English wonthe Battle of Flodden, an event in which Catherine played an important part. Such was Catherine's impression on people, that even her enemy, Thomas Cromwell, said of her "If not for her sex, she...