Henry Viii - Modern England

Henry Viii - Modern England

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  • Date Submitted: 05/01/2012 9:37 AM
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During early modern England, there were many Kings, some were good and some were bad. It is felt that Henry VIII was the worst of all the kings that have ruled. He was a renounced womanizer; he spent much of the money that Henry VII had saved up on a very costly war with France, he enjoyed gaming and left political issues to Cardinal Wosley, and he felt that he did not have to follow any set of rules.

King Henry VIII was known for his womanizing, which ended up causing great instability within the government and among the masses. Henry VIII’s womanizing caused him to go through marriages and divorces, which had begun to cause distrust of the monarchy by the masses. During the winter of Anne’s pregnancy he began to be attracted to Jane Seymour one of the queen’s ladies in waiting. Henry VIII appointed a secret committee to find evidence of adultery and with a variety of young men at court, which stretched as far as to include her own brother, George. With Anne of Cleves, who he had nicknamed “the Flander’s Mane”, he divorced and executed her in order to marry Catherine Howard. Henry VIII had the privy council acquire evidence that Catherine Howard had been sexually indiscreet with a series of young men both before and after her marriage to the king. Towards the end of his reign, he married one last time to Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer.

As King, Henry VIII spent much of the money that was saved up in the Royal Vault on costly wars. Also, Henry VIII was more of a gamer that preferred to be outdoors and left most of the politics, as long as he was satisfied, to Wosley. Henry VIII was an aristocrat and believed that “Honour” was the cornerstone of aristocrat culture. Henry VIII’s reign saw the boldest and largest invasions of France since Henry V was in power. Unlike his father, Henry felt that writing was both tedious and painful; he preferred hunting, dancing, dallying, and playing the lute. Leaving his power in the hands of Wosley was one of the biggest...

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