How many wives did king henry the 8th have

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How many of his wives were beheaded ? — Henry VIII Q&A

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The six wives of King Henry VIII

This is a question which has long interested me. Could the King of England love a woman in the same vein as an ordinary man? His relationships with women were far from normal, his marriages far from conventional. Before Henry VIII, an English queen had never been executed, but not one but two of his wives ended up with their heads cut off. I believe it to have been more of a feature in his courtships. But does that make Henry a fool for love? Is it what spurred him on to marry so many times, along with his desire for a son?

By Henry was having serious doubts about his marriage to Catherine. He had found a passage in the Bible that backed this belief. He had also fallen for Anne Boleyn, the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, who had recently returned to England from the French court. Catherine refused to grant Henry a divorce or retire to a convent. Anne Boleyn was born in At the age of fourteen she was sent with her sister, Mary, to the French court as a maid to Queen Claude. She returned to England in and attracted many admirers.

Ready for a trip back in time? Hold onto your hats — and your heads! Together, Henry and Catherine had a daughter, Mary — but it was a son that Henry wanted. Frustrated that Catherine seemed unable to produce a male heir to the throne, Henry had their marriage annulled cancelled in By this time, Anne was pregnant with her first child to Henry, and by June she was crowned Queen of England. Together they had a daughter, Elizabeth — the future Queen Elizabeth I.

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Charismatic and extravagant, his reign lasted nearly 39 years, and was marked by radical changes to the English constitution, expansion of royal power and the breaking with the Catholic Church through the English Reformation. But he is perhaps most famous for having six wives. Two of the marriages were declared annulled with the first annulment leading to Henry being excommunicated from the Catholic Church , while two of his wives were beheaded. Catherine is best known today for her role in the sparking of the Reformation. While the issue was being debated, Catherine was held a virtual prisoner with little money to her name. Two years later, Catherine married Henry VIII — who was five years her junior — shortly after he had ascended the throne.


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