The Life And Times
The accession of Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) was greeted with rapture by his subjects: young, handsome, and open-handed, the new King lost no time in making his Court the most colourful and extravagant in Europe. Yet this glamorous exterior disguised the unpredictable and savagely ruthless nature of the King, and as his reign developed, these traits were to become increasingly evident. This compelling and lavishly illustrated biography traces the story of this colourful figure from his vigorous youth to gross and immobile old age. We see Henry as the absolute ruler who raised the English monarchy to a pinnacle of arbitrary power as the centre of a Court of immense brilliance and talent, and as a man who, despite his cruelty and unpredictability, could inspire men with loyalty and devotion to the end.
Henry VIII's six wives: divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.
Catherine of Aragon, divorced 1533, (mother of Queen Mary reg 1553-1558)
Anne Boleyn, beheaded 1536, (mother of Queen Elizabeth I reg 1558-1603)
Jane Seymour, died 1537, (mother of King Edward VI reg 1547-1553)
Anne of Cleves, divorced 1540
Catherine Howard, beheaded 1542
Catherine Parr, died 1548, one year after Henry VIII