King Henry VIII Term Paper by Nicky

King Henry VIII
A biographical outline of the life, achievements and marital life of King Henry VIII.
# 148208 | 1,132 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 28, 2011 in History (British) , History (Leaders)

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The paper outlines Henry VIII's early life, how he was influenced by Thomas Wolsey, and how his familial life would lead to the eventual severance of the Church of England from the papacy. The paper points out that despite his scandalous marital escapades and bloodthirsty nature, he also built on a grand scale and brought unity to a previously fractious society.

Early Life
War and Wolsey
King Henry VIII, The English Church and its Break with Rome
Other Achievements

From the Paper:

"Henry was born in the royal palace at Greenwich, on June 28, 1491. His early education was directed by the poet laureate John Skelton. Henry was not only very athletic, enjoying jousting, tilting and other sports, but he also had a keen mind. He spoke at least three languages and some of his music compositions are still performed today. Although Henry was the second son of King Henry VII, with the death of his older brother, Arthur, in April 1502 Henry became heir to the throne of England and Prince of Wales. Fourteen months later, in June 1503, at the age of 12, Henry was also betrothed to Catherine of Aragon -- his brother's widow and the daughter of Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain1. When Henry VII died in April 1509, Henry VIII became King of England2, setting England on a new course of history, albeit a tumultuous course."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lemberg, S. "Henry VIII, King of England," Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, (2009) (database online); available from Grolier Online.
  • "Henry VIII (England)," Encyclopedia Americana, (2009) (database online); available from Grolier Online.
  • "Henry VIII," Encyclopedia Britannica, (2009) (database online); Encyclopedia Britannica.

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