HENRY VIII OF ENGLAND

TIME-LINE AND ADDITIONAL FACTS ON KING HENRY VIII OF ENGLAND. HENRY TUDOR WAS REMEMBERED FOR HIS SIX WIVES AND HIS ROLE IN THE ENGLISH REFORMATION.

TIME-LINE OF HENRY THE VIII OF ENGLAND

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1491
  • 28TH JUNE Henry Tudor was born the third child and second son of Elizabeth of York and Henry VII England at Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent
  • Henry was baptized by Richard Fox, the Bishop of Exeter, at a church of the Observant Franciscans close to the palace
1493
  • Henry was appointed constable of Dover castle and lord warden of the cinque port
1494
  • Henry is created earl marshal
  • Henry is lord lieutenant of Ireland
1495
  • MAY  Henry invested order of the Garter
  • 31ST MAY Cecily Neville, Duchess and  Henry's great-grandmother from his mother Elizabeth of York side died.
  • 21ST DECEMBER Henry's great-uncle from his father Henry VII side died.
1496
  • 18TH MARCH: Henry’s sister Mary Tudor born
1497
  • 23RD DECEMBER  Sheen Palace is destroyed by fire. Henry VII of England rebuilds it as Richmond Palace.
1499
  • 19TH MAY The 13-year-old Catherine of Aragon, the future first wife of Henry VIII of England, is married by proxy to his brother, 12-year-old Arthur, Prince of Wales
  • 23RD NOVEMBER Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the throne of England, is hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London
  • 28TH NOVEMBER Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, last male member of the House of York, is executed for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London.
1501
  • John Skelton was appointed as Henry’s tutor
  • 2ND OCTOBER Catherine of Aragon first sets foot in England, at Plymouth;
  • 14TH NOVEMBER Henry’s brother Arthur married Catherine of Aragon by Henry Deane, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was assisted by William Warham, Bishop of London. What followed was a bedding ceremony laid down by Arthur's grandmother Lady Margaret Beaufort: the bed was sprinkled with holy water, after which Catherine of Aragon was led away from the wedding feast by her ladies-in-waiting. She was undressed, veiled and "reverently" laid in bed, while Arthur, "in his shirt, with a gown cast about him", was escorted by his gentlemen into the bedchamber, while viols and tabors played. The Bishop of London blessed the bed and prayed for the marriage to be fruitful, after which the couple were left alone
1502
  • 2ND APRIL Henry’s brother Prince Arthur died, of what is thought to be the sweating sickness. Henry is now the heir to the English throne
  • Henry is created Duke of York
  • OCTOBER: Henry is created Duke of Cornwall and c prince of Wales
1503
  • 24TH JANUARY Construction of the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster Abbey begins in the perpendicular style, the final stage of English Gothic art
  • 11TH FEBRUARY:Henry's mother Elizabeth of York died.
  • FEBRUARY Henry has created an earl of Chester
  • 24TH FEBRUARY The funeral of Elizabeth of York. Lady Catherine Gordon who had been lady-in-waiting and had been the wife of Perkin Warbeck was chief mourner.
  • 23RD JUNE A treaty was signed for the marriage of Henry and Catherine of Aragon, his brother Arthur’s widow. They were betrothed two days later
  • 8TH AUGUST Henry’s sister Margret married King James IV of Scotland
1504
  • 18TH FEBRUARY Henry has created Prince of Wales.
  • Pope Julius II dissolves marriage between Catherine and Arthur
1505
  • MARCH: Papal dispensation so for Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon granted
  • 28TH JUNE The planned marriage of Henry  and Catherine of Aragon postponed when the dowry fails to arrive from Spain.
1506
  • 9TH FEBRUARY Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I who made Henry a Knight of the Golden Fleece.
1509
  • 21ST APRIL: father Henry VII England died and  Henry now has become king of England
  • Henry's grandmother Lady Margaret Beaufort serves as regent until her death
  • 11TH JUNE: Henry married Catherine of Aragon by William Warham the Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 23RD JUNE Henry led the now 23-year-old Catherine of Aragon from the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey for their coronation, which took place the following day
  • 24TH JUNE: Joint coronation of Henry's and his wife Catherine of Aragon. Crowned by William Warham the Archbishop of Canterbury. The king's passage was lined with tapestries and laid with fine cloth. Following the ceremony, there was a grand banquet in Westminster Hall
  • Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley. arrested and executed for high treason
  • NOVEMBER  Court chaplain Thomas Wolsey becomes royal almoner
1510
  • 21ST JANUARY Parliament grants Henrygenerous tax subsidies
  • 31ST JANUARY: Henry's wife Catherine of Aragon gave birth to a stillborn daughter
  • the Mary rose built, which is a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy of king Henry VI
  • Tower Hill, London.
  • 17TH AUGUST Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley executed for 'constructive treason
1511
  • 1st JANUARY: Henry son Henry Duke Cornwall is born the couple were pleased to have a boy and festivities were held, including a two-day joust known as the 1511 Westminster tournament. however, the child died seven weeks later
  • The Treaty of Westminster signed between England and Spain forming an alliance against France.
1512
  • 10 APRIL: Henry's nephew James V Scotland is born son of his sister Margret Tudor
 
1513
  • 30TH APRIL The execution of Edmund de la Pole, 3rd Duke of Suffolk.
  • 30 JUNE: (War with France) Henry is commander for the English, result
  • 9TH SEPTEMBER: (war with Scotland) Catherine of Aragon is commander for England along with Thomas Howard's 2nd Duke Norfolk and his son Thomas. James IV is commander for the Scots Result decisive English victory and James IV is killed at the battle.
1514
  • Henry has another stillborn son born
  • APRIL Henry declares a truce with France in the War of the League of Cambrai
  • In secret at the Hotel De Clugny between Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor Henry sister. Henry sent Brandon to bring Mary back to England in late January 1515, he made the Duke promise that he would not propose to her. once in France, Mary persuaded Brandon to abandon this pledge. because of the intervention of Thomas Wolsey, and Henry's affection for both his sister and Brandon, the couple were let off with a heavy fine. the fine of £24,000
  • Elizabeth Carew: is rumoured to be mistress of Henry’s. Elizabeth is a cousin to future queens Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard..
  • Jane Popincourt, another rumoured mistress of Henry's, a maid of honour to Catherine of Aragon
  • 6TH AUGUST Henry’s sister Margret married for a second time to Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus
  • 7TH AUGUST Henry  concludes an independent peace treaty with France in the War of the League of Cambrai, negotiated by Thomas Wolsey
  • 15TH SEPTEMBER Thomas Wolsey is appointed Archbishop of York and begins to build York House in London
  • 9TH OCTOBER  Henry’s sister Mary married the 52-year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville. One of the maids of honour who attended her in France was Anne Boleyn. The marriage lasted only a few months as King Louis was to die by January 1515.
`1515
  • Henry has another stillborn son born
  • 3RD MARCH Henry’s sister Mary married for a second time to Charles Brandon, Henry friend. This angered Henry, that the couple was exiled from court for a while and fined
1516
  • 18TH FEBRUARY: Henry’s daughter Mary is /born. The future Mary1st of England.
  • Henry took Elizabeth Blount, Catherine of Aragon lady- in -waiting as a mistress
1517
  • 1ST MAY Evil May Day riots in London against foreigners
  • Martin Luther publishes his “ninety- five theses” against the abuses of the roman catholic church
  • Henry arranged a jousting tournament at Greenwich. Where he wore gilded Armour, gilded horse trappings, and outfits of velvet, satin and cloth of gold dripping with pearls and jewels, which impressed foreign ambassadors
1518
  • 3RD OCTOBER Treaty of London: non-aggression pact between the major European nations. the signatories were burgundy, France, England, the holy roman empire, the Netherlands, the papal states and Spain, all of whom agreed not to attack one another and to come to the aid of any that were under attack
1519
  • MAY  Henry stands as a candidate in the election of the Holy Roman Emperor
  • 15TH JUNE: Henry’s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy born to Bessie Blount. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was his godfather
  • 28TH JUNE   Charles V ascended the thrones of both Spain and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Henry VII's Chapel at Westminster Abbey completed
1520
  • 26TH -30TH MAY Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor visits  Henry at Dover and Canterbury
  • 7th JUNE : Field of Cloth And Gold in France    The summit was arranged to increase the bond of friendship between the two kings following the Anglo-French treaty of 1514. This event lasted for two weeks.
1521
  • Henry begins an affair with Mary Boleyn,
  • 17TH MAY: The execution of Edward Stafford, Duke Buckingham, first cousin to Henry through his mother, Edward  was convicted of treason, 
  • 11TH OCTOBER: (Fidei Defensatrix) is a Latin title which translates to defender of the faith in English granted by Pope Leo x to King Henry VIII of England and Ireland. his wife Catherine of Aragon was also a defender of the faith in her own right
  • The defence of the seven sacraments, Henry started to write it in 1519 while he was reading Martin Luther's attack on indulgence
1522
  • Contra Henricum Regem Anglie, is written by Martin Luther against Henry as king of England. It was a response to Henry's book, Assertio Septem sacramentorum.
1524
  • 25TH MAY Henry and Charles V form an alliance to support Charles III, Duke of Bourbon in his dispute with Francis I of France
  • Henry receives a "box of marmalade" from Mr Hull of Exeter
1525
  • Henry began an infatuation with Anne Boleyn
  • 16TH JUNE: Henry creates his 6-year old illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy Duke of Richmond and Somerset.
  • 30TH AUGUST The Treaty of the More This was between Henry VIII and the interim French government of Louise of Savoy.
1527
  • 30TH APRIL the Treaty of Westminster, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey signs an alliance between England and France
  • DECEMBER Henry’s sister Margret is granted her divorce from Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus
1528
1529
  • OCTOBER: When the annulment was lost and England's place in Europe forfeit, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey bore the blame. He was charged with praemunire and lost his position of power and respect.
1530
1531
  • 11TH FEBRUARY Henry became ‘Head of the church in England and Wales as far as the word of god allows.’
1532
  • The supplication against the ordinaries: a petition passed by the house of commons, it was the result of grievances against church of England prelates and the clergy
  • 16TH MAY Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor.
  • Henry grants the Thorne brothers a Royal Charter to found Bristol Grammar School.
  • The glass of truth it is thought the book was written by Henry himself, or that he had a large hand in it, this book support of Henry VIII of England in his desire to annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon
  • Construction of Saint James's Palace begins
  • 1ST SEPTEMBER Anne Boleyn is created Marquess of Pembroke by Henry
  • WINTER Henry met with Francis I at Calais and enlisted the support of the French king for his new marriage.
1533
  • 25TH JANUARY: Henry married Anne Boleyn
  • APRIL The Ecclesiastical Appeals Act. This was considered by many historians to be the key legal foundation of the English Reformation
  • 12TH APRIL Thomas Cromwell becomes Secretary of State.
  • 23rd MAY  , sitting in judgment at a special court convened at Dunstable priory to rule on the validity of the king's marriage to Catherine of Aragon declared the marriage of Henry and Catherine null and void
  • 28TH MAY, Thomas Cranmer declared the marriage of Henry and Anne Boleyn to be valid. Catherine was formally stripped of her title as queen, becoming instead "princess dowager" as the widow of Arthur. in her place,
  • 1st JUNE Anne Boleyn is crowned queen consort of England by Archbishop of York, Thomas Cranmer
  • 25TH JUNE Henry's sister, Mary Tudor died at Westhorpe Hall, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Kingdom of England
  • 11TH JULY Pope Clement VII 'pronounced sentence against the King, declaring him excommunicated unless he put away the woman he had taken to wife, and took back his Queen during the whole of October next
  • 7th SEPTEMBER The birth of Henry's, second daughter the future, Elizabeth 1st England
  • 10TH SEPTEMBER  Henry’s daughter Elizabeth is baptized by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the Marquess of Exeter, the Duchess of Norfolk and the Dowager Marchioness of Dorset stood as her godparents.
  • the ecclesiastical appeals act. it is considered by many historians to be the key legal foundation of the English Reformation.
  • 28TH NOVEMBER: Henry's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy married lady Mary Howard. daughter of the Duke of Norfolk Thomas Howard, and a  first cousin of Anne Boleyn
1534
  • 15TH JANUAR The English Reformation Parliament passes the Act Respecting the Oath to the Succession
  • 20TH APRIL: Elizabeth Barton who was known as "the nun of Kent", "the holy maid of London”, executed because of her prophecies against the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn
  • Treasons Act makes it treason, punishable by death, to disavow the Act of Supremacy.
  • 3rd NOVEMBER  The Acts Of Supremacy, which established king Henry VIII of England and subsequent monarchs as the supreme head of the church of England.
  • The Treason Act 1534. This Act was passed after the Act of Supremacy 1534, which made the king the "Only Head of the Church of England on Earth so far as the Law of God allows." The 1534 Act made it treason, punishable by death, to disavow the Act of Supremacy.
  • DECEMBER Henry was discussing with Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell, the chances of leaving Anne without having to return to Catherine of Aragon
1535
  • The Laws in Wales Acts 1535, were parliamentary measures by which Wales became a full and equal part of the Kingdom of England.
  • FEBRUARY: Henry begins an affair with Margret Sheldon, Anne Boleyn’s cousin
  • the suppression of religious houses act
  • FEBRUARY The Suppression of Religious Houses Act was enacted
  • 22ND JUNE: John Fisher executed for high treason for not swear the oath of supremacy
  • The laws in Wales act ere parliamentary measures by which wales became a full and equal part of the kingdom of England
  • Beard tax introduced.
  • 6TH JULY: Thomas More is executed for high treason by the Treason Act 1534
  • The first Bible printed in English is placed in churches.
  • Study of canon law at English universities prohibited
1536
  • 8TH JANUARY Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s first wife died
  • 9TH JANUARY Henry and Anne Boleyn dressed head to toe in yellow. The symbol of joy and celebration in England, from head to toe, and celebrated Catherine of Aragon death with festivities. In Spain, the home country of Catherine of Aragon, yellow was the colour of mourning, in addition to black. For this reason, the wearing of yellow by Henry and Anne Boleyn may have been a symbol of mourning.
  • MID-JANUARY: Henry was unhorsed and injured during a jousting tournament.
  • 29TH JANUARY: Catherine of Aragon funeral and Anne Boleyn miscarries a son.
  • Henry begins an interest in Jane Seymour
  • MARCH Henry is involved with Jane Seymour
  • APRIL Henry had Anne Boleyn investigated for high treason
  • 2nd MAY George, Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Thomas Wyatt, Henry Norris, among other arrested for treason and adultery with Queen Anne Boleyn, Anne Boleyn arrested also
  • 14TH MAY Thomas Cranmer declares Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn to be null and void
  • 15TH MAY The trial of Anne Boleyn, headed by Anne’s uncle Thomas Howard 3rd Duke of Norfolk
  • 17th MAY George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton Henry Norris and Francis Weston are executed at Tower Green
  • 19th MAY: The execution of Anne Boleyn.
  • 20th MAY Henry is betrothed to Jane Seymour
  • 30TH MAY: Henry married Jane Seymour at the palace of Whitehall, Whitehall, London, in the queen's closet by Stephen bishop gardener.
  • JUNE: The Second Succession Act, act followed the conviction and execution of Anne Boleyn, and removed both her daughter, Elizabeth , and Mary, Henry's daughter by his first wife, from the line of succession
  • 11TH JULY Thomas Cranmer's Ten Articles are presented to Parliament
  • 23RD JULY: Henry's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy died possibly of tuberculosis
  • OCTOBER: The pilgrimage of grace popular rising in Yorkshire in against Henry VIII' break with the roman catholic church, the dissolution of the monasteries and the policies of the king's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell,
1537
  • JANUARY Bigod's Rebellion, an armed insurrection by Roman Catholics in Cumberland and Westmorland against the king.
  • 12TH JULY: The execution of Robert Aske for treason
  • Hans Holbein paints a portrait of Henry.
  • 12TH OCTOBER: Henry's son, the future Edward VI England is born at Hampton court palace.
  • 24TH OCTOBER Henry's wife, Queen Jane Seymour died of puerperal fever at Hampton court palace.
  • 12TH NOVEMBER The funeral of Jane Seymour. Mary Tudor, Henry’s daughter acts as chief mourner. Jane Seymour is buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle procession of 29 mourners followed Mary, one for every year of Queen Jane  life
1538
  • SEPTEMBER The dismantling of the shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury.
  • 17th DECEMBER Henry is excommunicated by the Pope Paul III
  • Anne basset rumoured to be Henry's mistress
1539
  • The proclamation by the crown act, was a law enacted by the English Reformation parliament of Henry VIII
  • The Great Bible was published, which had prepared by Myles Coverdale, working under commission of Thomas Cromwell.
  • Portrait of Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger, for Henry
1540
  • 6TH JANUARY: Henry married Anne of Cleves at the Royal Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, London by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
  • 9TH JULY: Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled, Henry referred to her now as the king's beloved sister
  • Henry sanctioned the complete destruction of shrines to saints
  • 28TH JULY Thomas Cromwell is executed.
  • Henry marries Catherine Howard. by Bishop Edmund Bonner of London at Oatlands Palace
1541
  • 27TH MAY: The execution of the last direct line of Plantagenets, Lady  Margret Pole, at the command of Henry, Margret was his mother Elizabeth of York,  first cousin. and one of the most brutal execution under Henry as king.
  • 18TH OCTOBER: Henry’s sister Margret Tudor died at Methven Castle, in Perthshire
  • Henry had the Irish Parliament change the title "Lord of Ireland" to "King of Ireland" with the Crown of Ireland Act 1542
  • November Henry is slipped a letter, revealing Catherine Howard's sexual behavior in her past.
  • 10TH DECEMBER The execution of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham for Adultery with Catherine Howard the Queen.
1542
  • 13th FEBRUARY The execution of Catherine Howard queen consort of England
  • 24 AUGUST Battle of Haddon Rig. Part of Anglo-Scottish Wars. Location Teviotdale. Result Scottish victory over the English..
  • 24th NOVEMBER Battle of Solway moss between Scotland and England. Location Solway Moss, Cumberland, England. Result  Decisive English Victory
  • 14TH DECEMBER: Henry's nephew James V of Scotland is dead, the son of his sister Margret Tudor
 1543
  • 1ST JULY Treaty of Greenwich, This was the accord, overall, entailed a plan developed by Henry VIII of England to unite both kingdoms (i.e. union of the crowns). the first sub-treaty helped to establish peace between the kingdom of England and the kingdom of Scotland. the second sub-treaty was a marriage proposal between Edward VI of England and Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 12TH JULY: Henry married Catherine Parr, his sixth and final wife. at Hampton court palace
  • Act of Parliament put the Princess Mary and Elizabeth , back in the line of succession after Edward. The same act allowed Henry to determine further succession to the throne in his will.
  • DECEMBER: The wars of Rough Wooing began, the war between Scotland and England. following its break with Rome,
1544
  • MARCH Third Succession Act, reinstating Princesses Mary and Elizabeth to the line of succession to the English throne, given Royal Assent
  • 3RD MAY Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford captures Leith and Edinburgh from Scotland, start of the first major campaign in the Rough Wooing.
  • JUNE Henry travelled to France leaving Catherine Parr as his regent.
  • 19TH JULY and 18TH SEPTEMBER: The Siege of Boulogne.War of 1542. Part of the Italian War of 1542.During the third invasion of France by King Henry VIII of England. Henry was motivated to take Boulogne by the French giving aid to England's enemies in Scotland. Henry left wife Catherine Parr as regent in England while he was away.
1545
  • 27TH FEBRUARY Battle of Ancrum Moor Part of Anglo-Scottish WaLocationFour miles northwest of Jedburgh, Scotland ResultDecisive Scottish victory
  • 19TH JULY: The last time the Mary Rose warship is used.
  • JULY Battle of Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight. In Bonchurch, The Isle of Wight, England. ResultEnglish victory
  • SUMMER King Francis 1st of France, attempted to invade England but reached only the Isle of Wight before being repulsed
1546
  • 7TH JUNE Treaty of Camp signed by France and England
  • Bishop of Winchester and lord Wriothesley tried to turn the king against her. an arrest warrant was drawn up for her and rumours abounded across Europe that the king was attracted to her close friend, the Duchess of Suffolk, however, she saw the warrant and managed to reconcile with the king after vowing that she had only argued about religion with him to take his mind off the suffering caused by his ulcerous leg.
  • JULY: The torture of Anne Askew was one of the first record known to have been both tortured in the tower of London and burnt at the stake
  • 19TH DECEMBER  Henry founded  Trinity College, Cambridge
1547
  • 19TH JANUARY Henry Howard, one of the founders of English renaissance for his poetry. also a first cousin of both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. was executed for treason.
  • 28TH JANUARY Henry VIII of England died at the palace of Whitehall, London
 
King Henry VIII of England was buried next to his wife Jane Seymour in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

EXTRA FACTS ON HENRY VIII OF ENGLAND

  • Henry Tudor was King of England, Ireland and wales for thirty-eight years
 
  • Henry reign was remembered for many things. Henry’s multiple marriages. Divorced-Beheaded-Died-Divorced-Beheaded-outlived, a famous saying that refers to the fate of Henry’s wives. He also introduced the changes in the church and the birth of the Church of England and reformation.
 
  • Henry was the second son of Henry VII of England and a great- great-grandson of the late Edward IV of England. When Henry’s brother Arthur died, he then became the heir to the throne of England. Henry was not prepared for this liken to his brother Arthur.
 
  • Henry was the uncle to King James V of Scotland, through his sister Margret Queen of Scots. The Lady Jane Grey the future Nine day Queen in 1553, was Henry’s great-niece, through his sister Mary Tudor.
 
  • As children, Henry and his sister Mary shared a close friendship. He would name his first surviving child, the future Queen Mary I, in her honour.
 
  • Henry received an excellent education from some of the best tutors in Europe. He was fluent in Latin and French and he could speak some Ancient Greek and Spanish.
 
  • Henry was an avid gambler and dice player, and excelled at sports, especially jousting, hunting, and real tennis. He was known for his strong defense of conventional Christian piety
 
  • Pastime with Good Company", also known as "The King's Ballad" (""), is an English folk song written by King Henry VIII in the beginning of the 16th century, shortly after his coronation
 
  • He was involved in the original construction and improvement of several significant buildings, including Nonsuch Palace, King's College Chapel, Cambridge and Westminster Abbey in London
 
  • “Helas madam" is a folk song said to be composed by Henry VIII.
 
  • Leviticus 20:21, If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless. Is the biblical scripture Henry used for grounds for his divorce
 
  • Henry VIII ordered the creation of the first national postal service for royal mail. 'The King’s Posts', was devised by Sir Brian Tuke and commanded all towns to have a fresh horse available for anyone carrying mail from the Tudor Court
 
  • Jane Seymour, the mother of Henry’s heir Edward the VI,was the only one of Henry's wives to receive a queen's funeral
 
  • Henry VIII is the only English monarch to have ruled any part of Belgium. He captured the town of Tournai in 1513 which at the time was part of France. He returned it to France in 1518.
 
  • When Henry seen Anne Cleves. His disappointment after his first meeting with her, resulted in him referring to her as a” fat Flanders mare”. When Henry first met Anne, he disguised himself as courtier and was disappointed when she never recognised him.
 
  • Late in life, Henry became obese, with a waist measurement of 54 inches (140 cm), and had to be moved about with the help of mechanical inventions.
 
  • Most of the time, Henry preferred to dine in his private apartments. He would take care to wash his hands before, during and after each meal, and would follow a strict order of ceremony.
 
  • He allegedly, on his death bed, uttered his last words: "Monks! Monks! Monks!" perhaps in reference to the monks he caused to be evicted during the Dissolution of the Monasteries
 

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