King Henry Viii and the Church of England

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King Henry VIII and the Church of England

“Henry’s reign in many ways left a deeper mark on the mind, heart and face of England than did any event in English history between the coming of the Normans and the coming of the factory.” J.J. Scarisbrick

King Henry VIII had a great impact on England, especially the creation of a new church that would bring England to how it is viewed today. As Scarisbrick states in the above quote, King Henry left a great impact on British history. The King set the way for the English Reformation, started a new religion, and even a new bible.

King Henry VIII was born on June 28, 1491 in the Royal Palace located in Greenwich, England (Damon and Hicks, 1998). On January 28, 1547, King Henry VIII died in Whitehall Palace located in London (Discovering Biography, 2003). As a child, the King was put a back burner to his older brother, Arthur Tudor. King Arthur Tudor was the first heir to the throne and was thought of as more important than the then Prince Henry (Discovering Biography, 2003). When King Arthur Tudor passed in 1503, Prince Henry was created the Prince of Wales and was then given Catharine of Aragon as his wife. Catharine was his late brother’s wife. Henry took over the throne as King in 1509 (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 2009). This was his first of six wives. To the King, a male heir was of utmost importance. Catharine was unable to conceive a male child; however, she was able to give birth to a baby girl, Mary, whom would, in time, rule England (Badertscher, 2009). The King was determined to have a male child and wanted to divorce the Queen to marry Anne Boleyn. In order to marry Miss Boleyn, the Kings marriage to the Queen must be annulled through Pope Clement VII. The Pope, on the other hand, didn’t see a good reason to annul the marriage (Hooker, 1999). The King wanting to divorce the Queen was more political than religious. King Henry’s psychological need of a male heir was to keep his family...
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