Henry VIII


Henry VIII Famous memorial

Greenwich, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, England
Death 28 Jan 1547 (aged 55)
St James, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
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Memorial ID 473 View Source

British Monarch. The son of King Henry VII, he became Prince of Wales upon the death of his elder brother Arthur and for political reasons married his brother's wife Catherine of Aragon. He ruled from 1509 until his death in 1547. Henry was known personally to be attractive, educated and accomplished, but as a ruler to be ruthless and extravagant. He ruled with absolute power and his wars and expenditures depleted the English treasury. His obsession with producing a male heir was central to many of his actions. He is best remembered for his six marriages, divorcing two of his wives and executing two more; the separation of the Church of England from papal authority; proclaiming himself Supreme Head of the Church of England; the Dissolution of the Monasteries, whose property and wealth passed to the Crown; and the legal union of Wales and England. His three children each ruled after him: Edward VI (son of Jane Seymour), Mary I (daughter of Catherine of Aragon), and Elizabeth I (daughter of Anne Boleyn).

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry VIII (28 Jun 1491–28 Jan 1547), Find a Grave Memorial ID 473, citing St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England ; Maintained by Find a Grave .