How the Rule of Henry Viii and His Pursuit of Anne Boleyn Changed England

Topics: Henry VIII of England, Anne Boleyn, Mary I of England Pages: 3 (977 words) Published: August 30, 2010
Throughout the history of time, there have been many leaders of the world’s different civilizations. While each leader may have possessed different qualities: some strong, others weak; some righteous, others corrupt…each rule played an important part in shaping the culture of that civilization. Though not every civilization was governed by a leader that had a worldly impact, the rule of England under King Henry VIII, was one of great historical importance. Unlike many leaders of his time, Henry’s legacy was not forged under the motivation of power and greed, but by love and his desire to have a male heir.  Henry VIII became the King of England in 1509 after the death of his father Henry VII. Like most kings Henry desired to have a male heir, as they also believed this was their duty. Aside from obligation, Henry desired a male heir to keep the Tudor name in royalty and to prevent a civil war from breaking out in England (much like the one that brought his family name into royalty). He then takes Catherine of Aragon, the widow of his brother Arthur, as his wife after receiving a dispensation from Pope Clement. Catherine gave birth to several stillborn children, with the only survivor being a daughter, Mary. Her infertility led Henry to believe both the dispensation and their marriage were illegal. Using the book of Leviticus, Henry seeks an annulment stating his marriage is invalid and incestuous. The Pope, however, rejects Henry’s request. Upset by the Pope’s denial and Catherine not producing a son, Henry gets himself several mistresses and begins overeating. Henry also meets a woman by the name of Anne Boleyn, a very flirtatious young lady who quickly finds favor with him. Soon afterward, Henry begins to desire Anne as his wife. Anne convinces Henry that he could make her queen after his annulment. Henry’s pursuit of Anne is the catalyst that would lead to a series of events that would forever change England . Henry sends William Knight, his private secretary...
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