King Henry VIII

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.

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The six wives of Henry the 8th

First Wife of King Henry VIII was Catherine of Aragon
Second Wife of King Henry VIII was Anne Boleyn

Third Wife of King Henry VIII was Jane Seymour

Fourth Wife of King Henry VIII was Anne of Cleves

Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII was Catherine Howard

Sixth and last Wife of King Henry VIII was Catherine Parr

The reason King Henry VIII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was for power, money, political alliance with Spain and perhaps, at least initially, for love

The reason King Henry VIII married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was for love and lust. Anne Boleyn was exciting and headstrong. Henry was in love with Anne Boleyn who also pregnant when they married

The reason King Henry VIII married his third wife, Jane Seymour, was she was the total opposite of Anne Boleyn – meek, obedient and demure. Jane Seymour was also pregnant when she married the king

The reason King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, was to gain a political alliance in Europe. He saw her picture, painted by Holbein, thought she was pretty and agreed to the marriage. He was sorely disappointed and promptly divorced her.

The reason King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, was for lust and the infatuation of an old man. Catherine was very young and pretty – his ‘rose without a thorn’ – wrong again!

The reason King Henry VIII married his last and sixth wife, Catherine Parr, was for comfort and companionship in his old age.

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Katherine Parr

Katherine Parr was the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Parr and his wife Maud Green, both of whom were at the court of Henry VIII in his early reign. Maud was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon and named her daughter, born in 1512, after her. So, Henry VIII’s last wife was named after his first. Thomas Parr died in November 1517, leaving his three children, William, Katherine and Anne in the care of their mother. Maud managed the children’s education and the family estates and must have left an impression on her daughter of the greater role an independent woman could have in society. The education that Maud arranged for the children was similar to that of other noble figures of the time and at least in the case of Katherine, it ignited a life-long passion for learning. She was fluent in French, Latin and Italian and began learning Spanish when she was Queen.

Katherine Parr’s first marriage was to Edward Borough, the son of Thomas, third Baron Borough of Gainsborough

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Kathryn Howard

Kathryn Howard was the daughter of Lord Edmund Howard, a younger brother of Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk. She was also first cousin to Anne Boleyn, Henry’s ill-fated second Queen. She was brought up in the household of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. As part of the Duchess’ household, she would have spent most of her time at Lambeth and Horsham.

Kathryn came to court at about the age of 19 as a lady in waiting to Anne of Cleves and there is no doubt that the spirited young girl caught Henry’s attentions. Kathryn’s uncle probably encouraged the girl to respond to the King’s attentions and saw it as a way to increase his own influence over the monarch. The Duke of Norfolk also took advantage of the debacle of the Anne of Cleves marriage as a chance to discredit his enemy, Thomas Cromwell. In fact, Cromwell was executed shortly after the marriage was nullified.

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Anne Of Cleeves

Henry VIII remained single for over two years after Jane Seymour’s death, possibly giving some credence to the thought that he genuinely mourned for her. However, it does seem that someone, possibly Thomas Cromwell, began making inquiries shortly after Jane’s death about a possible foreign bride for Henry.


She is buried in a somewhat hard to find tomb in Westminster Abbey.

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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour may have first come to court in the service of Queen Catherine, but then was moved to wait on Anne Boleyn as she rose in the King’s favor and eventually became his second wife.

By that point, Henry’s disinterest in Anne was obvious and Jane was likely pegged to be her replacement as Queen.

One other view was that Jane fell into her role quite willingly and actively sought to entice the King and flaunt her favor even in front of the current Queen.

Jane never had a coronation. Perhaps the King was waiting to Jane to ‘prove’ herself by giving him a son.


by Alex

Anne Boleyn

Anne’s Early Years

For a woman who played such an important part in English history, we know remarkably little about her earliest years. Antonia Fraser puts Anne’s birth at 1500 or 1501, probably at Blickling (Norfolk) and the date of birth seems to be at the end of May or early June. Other historians put Anne’s birth as late as 1507 or 1509.

Anne spent part of her childhood at the court of the Archduchess Margaret. Fraser puts her age at 12-13, as that was the minimum age for a ‘fille d’honneur’. It was from there that she was transferred to the household of Mary, Henry VIII’s sister, who was married to Louis XII of France. Anne’s sister Mary was already in ‘the French Queen’s’ attendance. However, when Louis died, Mary Boleyn returned to England with Mary Tudor, while Anne remained in France to attend Claude, the new French queen. Anne remained in France for the next 6 or 7 years. Because of her position, it is possible that she was at the Field of Cloth of Gold, the famous meeting between Henry VIII and the French king, Francis I.

During her stay in France she learned to speak French fluently and developed a taste for French clothes, poetry and music.


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Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon was the youngest surviving child of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain.  She was finally crowned Queen of England in a joint coronation ceremony with her husband Henry VIII on June 24, 1509.

On February 1516, she gave birth a daughter named Mary, and this child lived.

Henry was growing frustrated by his lack of a male heir, but he remained a devoted husband.  By 1526 though, he had begun to separate from Catherine because he had fallen in love with one of her ladies (and sister of one of his mistresses): Anne Boleyn.

Catherine was 42 years old and was no longer able to conceive. Henry’s main goal now was to get a male heir, which his wife was not able to provide.

Things came to a head in 1533 when Anne Boleyn became pregnant. Henry had to act, and his solution was to reject the power of the Pope in England and to have Thomas Cranmer, the archbishop of Canterbury grant the annulment.

Catherine and her daughter were separated and she was forced to leave court. She lived for the next three years in several dank and unhealthy castles and manors with just a few servants.

On January 7, 1536, Catherine died at Kimbolton Castle and was buried at Peterborough Abbey.

 by Alex

Henry VIII

Prince Henry

Henry Tudor, named after his father, Henry VII, was born by Elizabeth of York June 28, 1491 in Greenwich Palace. Since he was the second son, and not expected to become king, we know little of his childhood until the death of his older brother Arthur, Prince of Wales. We know that Henry attended the wedding celebrations of Arthur and his bride, Catherine of Aragon, in November 1501 when he was 10 years old.

Shortly after the wedding, Arthur and Catherine went to live in Wales, as was tradition for the heir to the throne. But, four months after the marriage began, it ended, with Arthur’s death.

Henry built Hampton Court Palace,

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Year four (By Kayleah)

Welldone Year 4 i ythink that we have been improving in every subject 🙂

Especialy literacy in Haikus I made this one :

Friends play together 5……

make friends and play together 7 …………

And  friends forever  5

i like this Haiku because it describes friendships and dont just play with one person play with everryone and dont leave pepole out.

In Numracy we have been improving with are deviding skills here are some that i know :

 14 devided by 2 = 7   

250 devided by 2 = 125        

450 devided by 2 = 225

I also think that everrybody has been improving with History and Henry the 8th and lots of pepole have been doing extra homework welldone everry one here is some infomation of my own : 


Henry was just shy of 18 years old when he became king, and had been preparing for it from the time of his older brother Arthur’s death. At this age, he was not the image that we usually call to mind when we hear the name Henry VIII. He was not the overweight and ill man of his later years. In his youth, he was handsome and athletic. He was tall and had a bright red-gold cap of hair and beard, a far cry from the fat, balding and unhealthy man that is often remembered (In his younger days he was verry fond of his carves)

By Kayleah A