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King Henry VIII and his Six Wives
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Henry VIII
(1491- 1547)

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Henry VIII was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.  Henry had six wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Kathryn Howard, and Katherine Parr.  Two wives were divorced, two were beheaded, one died, and one outlived him.  He had three children: Mary (daughter of Catherine of Aragon), Elizabeth (daughter of Anne Boleyn), and Edward (son of Jane Seymour).  The main reason he had so many wives was his unending desire for a male heir.  This desire also caused him to make another important decision in his ruling, one that forever changed England, he broke off from the Catholic church and began the modern day Angelican church, claiming himself as the head.