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Im Henry the eighth I am Henry the eighth I am I am I got married to the widow next door Shes been married seven times before An early twentieth century music group named Hermans Hermits wrote Henry VIII I Am in 1911 The significance of Henrys reign is often overshadowed by his six marriages Because his political concern and regal power greatly influenced a change in the Catholic Church Henry VIII was one of the most influential Christian reform leaders in history Henry was born on June 28 1491 in Greenwich He was the second son and third child of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York His elder brother Arthur died in 1502 and consequently Henry became heir to the throne at eleven years old After Arthurs death a project was formed to marry Arthurs widow Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII Catherine became Henrys first wife in 1509 nine weeks after the death of his father During his marriage to Catherine he had a mistress Elizabeth Blount with whom he had Henry Blount Duke of Richmond He divorced Catherine of Aragon in 1533 but their union produced one daughter Mary Henry then married Anne Boleyn in 1533 She gave birth to Henrys second daughter Elizabeth In May of 1536 Henry accused her of being adulterous In a begging letter to Henry Boleyn stated Try me good King but let me have a Lawful Trial and let not my sworn Enemies sit as my Accusers and Judges yes let me receive an open Trial for my Truth shall fear no open shame then shall you see either mine Innocency cleared your Suspicion and Conscience satisfied the Ignominy and Slander of the World stopped or my Guilt openly declared Henry had her beheaded In that same month Henry married Jane Seymour But in October 1536 she died giving birth to Henrys only male heir Edward In early 1540 Henry arranged a marriage with
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