"If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for
any man to hold him."
- Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII
Henry VIII facts, wives, children, prictures and info. Life, marriages and legacy of the famous Tudor king.
Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was king of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was lord, and later king, of Ireland. Henry was, after his father, the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty.
Henry VIII is well know for his six marriages. He also played big role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. He helped to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority and established himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Even after his excommunication from the Catholic Church, he was still a believer in core Catholic theological teachings.
Henry was considered an attractive and educated king. Historians says he was "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the English throne". Besides ruling with absolute power, he also engaged himself as an author, composer and he managed to find a moment for his hobbies. Henry liked music, and played the lute and the harp. He also liked to be outdoors, hunting, hawking and he loved to play tennis.
As king, Henry wanted to look rich and powerful. He built castles, like the one at Deal, and palaces like Hampton Court. In 1520, he went to France to meet the French king. Both kings spent enormous sums of money on feasts and showing off. Because he loved to spent his time this way, in later life, he became highly obese and his health suffered. His public image is frequently depicted as one of a harsh and insecure king.