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Henry VIII


Henry VIII (see here),
born 28th June 1491.
As a small child he was made the nominal Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1494-96.
Reigned 1509-47.
He mar 1stly to Catherine of Aragon and had issue:


  1. Mary I, reigned 1553-58,
    Catholic, called "Bloody Mary" for her persecution of English Protestants,
    mar 1554 to Philip II, King of Spain.


The play Henry VIII by Shakespeare spans 1521-33.
From 1526, Henry courted Anne Boleyn.
The Egyptians Act expelled the gypsies from England 1530.
Henry broke with Rome in the 1530s, after he could not get a divorce to marry Anne Boleyn.
In 1532 he made Anne Boleyn Marquess of Pembroke, the first hereditary peerage granted to a woman. The title of Earl of Pembroke was previously in the Herbert family (surrendered 1479) and was later re-created for the Herbert family (in 1551).
Henry mar 2ndly, 1533, to Anne Boleyn and had issue:


  1. Elizabeth I, reigned 1558-1603,
    see her minister William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley,
    and her favourites Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester and his stepson Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex,
    and her governor of Ireland Sir Henry Sidney,
    and her Irish favourite Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond.
    After her death, the crown passed to House of Stuart.


Act of Supremacy 1534.
Henry executed Anne Boleyn 1536.
He mar 3rdly to Jane Seymour and had issue:


  1. Edward VI, reigned 1547-53.
    He was succeeded briefly by Lady Jane Grey.


Henry mar 6thly to Catherine Parr.
He died 28th Jan 1547, age 55 yrs.







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