Note: Crowned 1509 King of England - declared King of England April 22, 1509 Henry VIII, Royalty Born: 28 June 1491 Birthplace: Greenwich, England Died: 28 January 1547 Best Known As: The king with six wives Henry VIII is one of the most famous and controversial kings of England. His fickle passions and demand for a male heir led him to marry six different women. (Two of those wives, Anne Boleyn and Katharine Howard, were executed on his order.) Henry's divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, led to his split with the Catholic Church and set the stage for the English Reformation and for religious battles which lasted for centuries. (It also led to his famous clash with Sir Thomas More, who was tried for treason and executed.) Henry VIII was the father of Elizabeth I, who became one of England's most powerful and longest-reigning monarchs. Henry is also known for his great girth; his obesity probably contributed to his death at age 56. He was succeeded by his son, Edward VI, born to Jane Seymour. The king's life story was told by William Shakespeare in his play Henry VIII In order to marry Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII broke with Rome and made himself Head of the Church of England. On his death...(excerpted) from page 493 Allison Weir's book 'Henry VIII - The King and His Court' On the morning of January 27, the King saw his confessor and received holy communion. Later that day, he was well enough to discuss state affairs with his councillors, but by the evening he was failing fast. The Council, knowing his death was imminent, ordered all the ports closed. No one, even his doctors had as yet plucked up the courage to warn Henry of his imminent demise. He had always been loath to hear any mention of death. "His servants scarcely dared speak to him to put him in mind of his approaching end, lest he, in his angry and imperious humour, should have ordered them to be indicted," for it was treason to predict the King's death. Sir Anthony Denny boldly ventured to warn his master that 'in man's judgement, he was not like to live." and should remember his sins, "as becometh every good Christian man to do." Henry said he believed that the mercy of Christ would 'pardon me all my sins, yea, though they were greater than they be." Denny asked Henry if he would like to speak to any 'learned man." He replied that 'if he had any, it should be Dr. Cranmer, but I will first take a little sleep, and then, as I feel myself, I will advise upon the matter." These were his last known words. Arouond 2:00 am on Friday, January 28, Henry VIII gave up his long struggle and quietly slipped from this world. The cause of the King's death is uncertain, thanks to the secrecy that surrounded his final illness, but it is likely to have been a pulmonary embolism. For two days his passing was kept secret, and his body lay undistrubed in his bedchamber while outside court life went on as normal, with the King's meals being brought to his lodgings with the usual flourish of trumpets. ======= below information obtained from the Royal Website: The burial places of the six wives of King Henry VIII are as follows: Catherine of Aragon: Peterborough Cathedral Anne Boleyn: Chapel of St. Peter ad Vinvula, Tower of London Jane Seymor: St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Anne of Cleves: Westmister Abbey, London Catherine Howard: Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London Catherine Parr: Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire
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