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Henry VIII was born on June 28th 1491 in Greenwich Palace London He was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York Henry VIII came to the throne on the June 24th 1509 after his fathers death Almost 18 at the time Henry was interested in sport dancing and feasting than he was in governing his country He left most of his ruling to his advisor Cardinal Thomas Wosley Henrys reign was often overshadowed by his six marriages as he hoped to have a male heir His greatest achievements include the development of the British navy and the reformation of Roman Catholic churches which resulted the creation of Protestant churches When Henry was eleven his life was transformed by the death of his elder brother Arthur He was now heir to throne In 1509 Henrys father died and he succeeded him Shortly after he came to the throne Henry married his brothers widow Catherine of Aragon the daughter of the king of Spain They had a daughter named Mary who was born in 1516 and for most of the 24 years their marriage it was quite a happy one But Henry desperately wanted a son to follow him on the throne believing that a male heir would be a better ruler and to his mind this was a failure to his reign He blamed this on Catherine Although she was pregnant many times only Princess Mary survived Henry had affairs with ladies of his court until he fell in love with Anne Boleyn a woman of strong will and political instincts Henry decided to divorce Catherine in order to marry Anne From 1527 Henry was looking for a way out of his marriage arguing from accordance of the bible that the union with his brothers widow was invalid Henry sent his Cardinal Wosley to Rome to present the English case before the pope Cardinal Wosley was unable to secure the Popes
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