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Henry VIII, King (1491–1547)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0649

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schmidt, A. J. 2011. Henry VIII, King (1491–1547). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


When Arthur, born in 1486, the first son of Henry VII, died in 1502 at not quite 16 years of age, it meant his brother Henry, born in 1491, was next in line for the throne, and when his father died in 1509, Henry VIII became England's king at the young age of 18. The same year Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon, the auburn-haired widow of his brother Arthur who had married her when he was 15 and she was 16. Catherine was six years older than Henry.


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  • Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, not biblically valid;
  • the Buggery Act, punishing homosexual violators;
  • Henry VIII, as “a despot under the forms of law”