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This paper reviews Henry VIII and the history of his reign over England that set him apart from other Kings of England. He was literally and figuratively a larger than life figure, who seemed to be the leading believer in his own innate greatness. Henry VIII was also believed to be a decisive and powerful leader.
From the Paper:"From this point of view, Henry VIII was the stone that upturned the course of history and set it on another track, purely as a result of his own notions and ambitions: he was a historical catalyst. So the classical understanding of a leader, as someone who is merely the icon for major historical currents, can only very loosely apply to Henry VIII. Essentially, the common understanding of history is one of social determinism, but Henry VIII seems to defy such notions because the directions he took England in during his reign seem almost entirely unique to his character. Was it inevitable that the monarchs of England would eventually abuse their power and, additionally, break from the Catholic Church? Perhaps. Yet, it is undeniable that Henry VIII was the particular instrument that set these events into motion.
Born as the second son to his father, King Henry VII, in 1491, Henry VIII was not in a position to take the English throne. Unfortunately, "Since he was the second son, and not expected to become king, we know little of his childhood until the death of his older brother Arthur, Prince of Wales." (Eakins 2005). Still, it is known that at the age of ten he attended the wedding of his brother Arthur to Catherine of Aragon in November of 1501. Arthur and his new bride went to live in Wales, but only four months after the wedding Arthur's already failing health did him in (Eakins 2005). "
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