Henry VIII, King of England

(28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547 / Greenwich, England)

Henry VIII, King of England
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Henry VIII was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was Lord, and later King, of Ireland, as well as continuing the nominal claim by the English monarchs to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second monarch of the House of Tudor, succeeding his father, Henry VII.

Besides his six marriages, Henry VIII is known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry's struggles with Rome led to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Yet he remained a believer in core Catholic theological teachings,... more »

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  • Barrie Blake (8/31/2009 6:42:00 PM)

    i can understand your intrigue about the Kings of England having sufficient time to write poetry; and this included Henry V, Henry VIII and Edward VI. Nevertheless, this wasn't something that they would have chosen to do; nor was it something which they would have had to deliberate on or spend much time on. They inherited a genetic trait - a genetic trait which I have traced back to the Viking Chieftain, Rognvald, Earl of Moer, Norway, in about 900 AD; and a genetic trait which I, also, have inherited. In such instances, and in response to deep thoughts on something good or bad, the words simply flow from the pen as though they had been well-rehearsed on an earlier occasion.

  • Vikram Aarella - The Poem Shooter (6/1/2006 3:23:00 PM)

    I did not know that the kings of england too had time to write poems. Interesting

  • Vikram Aarella - The Poem Shooter (6/1/2006 3:23:00 PM)

    I did not know that the kings of england too had time to write poems. Interesting

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