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The Wives of King Henry VIII
An exploration of the political significance of Henry VIII's marriages.
# 119786 | 5,149 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 25, 2010 in History (British) , History (European - 16th Century)

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This paper examines the importance of the choices of wives made by King Henry VIII of England, with an emphasis on the political significance of these marriages. First, the paper describes how the Tudor family came to power in England and the necessity of a male heir for Henry VIII because of the Tudor's weak claim to the throne. Then, the paper describes each of Henry's six wives and why he married each of them. Most unions were based on political alliances between England and other European monarchies, while other marriages were for political reasons within England's noble families. Henry's conflict with the Catholic Church is discussed and how it affected his choice of wives. The paper describes the demise of Henry's wives, which included beheading two, the death of one in child birth, and divorcing another two.

From the Paper:

"During a time when it was expected that the Queen be subservient and obedient to the King, the level of guile used by each woman courted by Henry VIII was essential in manipulating their way to the English crown. Although in the end Henry's desire for a son is crucial. This was due to the tempestuous period prior to the Tudor reign, the War of the Roses. In the end King Henry would be married six times, divorce two wives, authorize the beheading of two others, tear down the authority of the Catholic Church in England, and create the Anglican Church simply to accomplish his own self interests all for one necessary end. To preserve and substantiate the weak linage that led his family to claim the right of the English throne."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BBC video productions. The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
  • Clayton Roberts & David Roberts. A History of England: Prehistory to 1714, Volume 1, Third Edition. Great Britain, 1980.
  • Guy, John. Tudor England. Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Weir, Alison. The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Great Britain, 1991.

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