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King Henry VIII
Transcript of King Henry VIII
He changed things such as the laws and religions of his kingdom to fit his own agenda.
He depicted a character with the belief that each individual had value and unique talents that should be explored and perfected.
But beyond that mind set was the reason for his actions, he believed he was doing what was good for his people.
He cheated laws and regulations in order to divorce and execute women in order to find one that would produce a male heir.
His selfish ways backed by individualism made for a lost society. Individualism within the Kingdom King Henry's Ugly Side King Henry VIII became king of England in 1509 and ruled until his death in 1547.
He was a devout Catholic and the Pope gave him the title "Defender of the Faith."
He was more concerned of dying without a son more than he was concerned about religious values.
Besides his six marriages, he was known for his role in the separation of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.
King Henry had three children, Elizabeth I, Mary I and Edward VI and all of his children became monarchs of England.
He was the cause of the English Reformation and led England to become a mostly Protestant nation.
Henry was excommunicated from the Catholic Church and was forced to say goodbye to his family. The Wives Catherine of Aragon: Divorced m.1509-1533
Anne Boleyn: Executed m.1533- 1536
Jane Seymour: Died m.1536- 1537
Anne of Cleves: Divorced m. January 1540- July 1540
Kathryn Howard: Executed m.1540- 1542
Katherine Parr: Widowed m.1543- 1547
Henry was married six times during his lifetime and most of them only lasted for a few years.
Henry's actions were a prime example to his opinion of women.
He became a widower, divorced or executed each of his wives, giving the impression that his value of women was not very high.
His actions as King of England set the precedent for his subjects to follow.
Even though he never publicly stated his view, his example portrayed male dominance as a main belief that was important throughout English society. When Henry VIII died he left a country politically and religiously confused, each of his three children then took their chance to rule the throne.
His first and only son Edward took the throne when very young, so his protestant advisers introduced many protestant reforms during his rule.
Next was Mary a devout catholic, and when she claimed the throne she returned the English Church to rule of the pope, causing many uprising and disapproving views from the mainly protestant country.
Eventually the country was put into the hands of Elizabeth I who returned the kingdom to Protestantism.
Henry VIII selfish decision to change religions from Catholic to Protestant during his instruction, in turn, dictated the religion his heirs choose for the people under their rule.
Set by his example the idea that religions could be changed in a heartbeat was thought to be one that could and should be made, leaving the citizens disorderly and struggling to keep up with the laws. King Henry VIII abused the judicial system to have many innocent people murdered.
People who either just wouldn't compromise or because they stood in the way of what he wanted.
He had two of his wives executed for not "fulfilling their duties" meaning they wouldn't produce a male heir.
It was recorded that he had 70,000 people executed during his time of rule.
There was virtually no reason for the killing of these thousands of people except that they didn't meet his needs. Conflict and Wars King Henry ruled during the break with Rome which isolated England and caused long protracted conflicts with Spain through the 16th and 17th centuries.
His constant need for wars and his lavish lifestyle bled the money chest of England dry.
Henry was not an effective military commander or diplomat and engaged in many very expensive military ventures in France which accomplished absolutely nothing.
This cost tons of money and took away from the money of England needed to fund other things.
He began wars with France and Scotland and created the English Navy.
He was named "Father of the English Navy" but this was all due to the unwanted and unneeded wars he started among these two countries for his own personal gain. Battle of Flodden (1513) Bibliography http://www.sixwives.info/henry-viii-accomplishments.htm
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"The Six Wives of Henry VIII." The Six Wives of Henry VIII. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2013. Overall From the beginning to the end of the Reformation, King Henry VIII had the most negative impact on the development of Western Civilization.
He married 6 women and either executed them, divorced them or was widowed. This behavior showed how low his value of women was and how he valued the idea of male dominance.
Henry changed the religion of England just about as fast as he could eat. This caused his later heirs and rulers to think they could do the same leading to conflict among the church and among other countries.
He was so caught up in his own personal gain and only cared about what he wanted and this caused corruption among England and lead to a leader that didn't really care about his people.
The killing of his two wives and execution of thousands of others was unnecessary and he took advantage of his power and the legislative branch. This gave him more authority that a leader like him cannot handle.
Even though he helped set up the first English Navy the unneeded wars and battles that caused this military advance wasn't worth it.
The rule King Henry VIII lead to many negative outcomes and conflicts that greatly outweigh any of the positive things he accomplished. This video shows how all his selfish acts as King lead to the terrible loss of his family as he was forced to move away after he was excommunicated from the church. This video clip is from the TV series "The Tudors."