King Henry VIII's six wives. Catherine of Aragon (divorced); Anne Boleyn (beheaded); Jane Seymour (died); Anne of Cleves (divorced); Catherine Howard (beheaded); and Catherine Parr (predeceased by Henry VIII).

King Henry VIII's six wives. Catherine of Aragon (divorced); Anne Boleyn (beheaded); Jane Seymour (died); Anne of Cleves (divorced); Catherine Howard (beheaded); and Catherine Parr (predeceased by Henry VIII).

Earliest known picture of Elizabeth the future Queen on England Elizabeth 1, probably around age 4 or 5. She was only 2 when her mother was executed.

Earliest known picture of Elizabeth the future Queen on England Elizabeth 1, probably around age 4 or 5. She was only 2 when her mother was executed.

April 21,1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.

April 21,1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.

'If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for any man to hold him.'  - Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

'If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for any man to hold him.' - Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

Tudor Rose, Cambridge King's College -- The emblem of King Henry VIII was the Tudor rose and the Beaufort portcullis. The red and white Tudor rose represented the combination of the House of York and the House of Lancaster. The Beaufort portcullis relates to his Tudor ancestors.

Tudor Rose, Cambridge King's College -- The emblem of King Henry VIII was the Tudor rose and the Beaufort portcullis. The red and white Tudor rose represented the combination of the House of York and the House of Lancaster. The Beaufort portcullis relates to his Tudor ancestors.

Roll of Arms - Knights of the Garter Installed during the Reign of King Henry VIII Art Print

Roll of Arms - Knights of the Garter Installed during the Reign of King Henry VIII Art Print

After Henry took his dead brother Arthur's bride the foundations were laid for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history. He was the perfect Renaissance prince, but his first wife Katherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir brought out his darker side and led to his dismantling of the established church in England. By the time of his death, he had married six times.

After Henry took his dead brother Arthur's bride the foundations were laid for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history. He was the perfect Renaissance prince, but his first wife Katherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir brought out his darker side and led to his dismantling of the established church in England. By the time of his death, he had married six times.

henry the viii's house | King Henry VIII's Manor House | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

henry the viii's house | King Henry VIII's Manor House | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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