Henry VIII was one of the most famous English kings. In 1509 he became king at the ago of 18, and reigned for 38 years. He was mainly famous for having six wives, two of whom were beheaded.
Henry VIII’s first wife was Catherine of Aragon. Henry divorced Catherine, because she could not give him a son. His next wife was Anne Boleyn, but she seemed to be too interested in other men so the king sentenced her to death. She was beheaded in the Tower of London. Henry’s third wife was Jane Seymour, who died soon after giving birth to her son, Edward VI.
Soon after the king was looking for a new wife again. His advisers suggested Anne of Cleves from Holland. Holbein, the painter, painted a picture of Anne especially for Henry. The picture was very nice, but when Anne arrived in England, she turned out to be extremely ugly. Very soon the king decided on their separation.
He next woman in the king’s life was Catherine Howard. Like Anne Boleyn, she was also accused of love affairs with other men and beheaded according to Henry’s order. His last wife was Catherine Parr, who survived him. Henry VIII died in 1547 ages fifty-six.
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