Henry the 8th was a big fat man. Can’t keep his head out the frying pan.The most magnificent of all the Tudors – King Henry VIII. Henry was a second son and destined for a life in a church until fate took a hand when his elder bother, Arthur, died. Henry’s destiny changed from secular to the monarchy. In his younger days King Henry VIII was a handsome and athletic young man. Intelligent, affable and fun-loving. What happened to change him into an obese, cruel and terrifying monarch? A devout Roman Catholic, awarded the title of Defender of the Faith. He turned the life of the Tudors upside down when he broke from Rome and created the Church of England. What was it like to be King Henry VIII and have the power over life and death?
This section provides an insight into his ancestors, the security of his throne and the massive number of executions during his reign for political and religious reasons. This was the King who had his wives and close friends executed without mercy but whose motto was Coeur Loyal, meaning true heart which he illustrated on his clothes in the form of a heart symbol accompanied by the word ‘loyal’…
King Henry VIII is famous for his six wives and his cruel behaviour towards them. But the accomplishments of King Henry VIII went much further and covered military, religious, political and personal accomplishments.