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April 21,1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.

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Henry VIII (1491–1547) by Hans Holbein the younger (studio of)

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Henry VIII & his wives ~ finally and exhaustively! All we have to add is that these three Queens were relatives ( Boleyn, Howard, Parr), all these three could be beheaded (Parr was very close to execution and murder), all these three were, probably, the most beloved wives of Henry VIII of England.

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House of Tudor 1485 - 1603 family tree

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King size! Henry VIII's armour reveals he had a 52in girth - for which he paid a terrible price

Suit of armour worn by King Henry VIII approximately 1540, noticeably bigger than that of in his early 20's. New research has shown that by the age of 45, Henry VII's weight had started to balloon as he suffered increasingly from chronic constipation and his body succumbed to hideous sores and repeated infections Read more:

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Born at Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII was the third child of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Of the young Henry's six siblings, only three — Arthur, Prince of Wales; Margaret; and Mary — survived infancy. In 1493, at the age of two, Henry was appointed Constable of Dover Castle and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

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Henry VIII and his six wives (in order) by reconstruction artist M.A. Ludwig

Henry VIII and his six wives (in order) by reconstruction artist M.A. Ludwig

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'If a lion knew his strength, it were hard for any man to hold him.' - Sir Thomas More of Henry VIII

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After Henry took his dead brother Arthur's bride the foundations were laid for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history. He was the perfect Renaissance prince, but his first wife Katherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir brought out his darker side and led to his dismantling of the established church in England. By the time of his death, he had married six times.

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Here's What Would Have Happened If Henry VIII Had Texting

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