Ohio 7th Grade World History/King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

Creation of the Anglican Church (Church of England)


When the Catholic Church did not allow King Henry VIII to divorce, King Henry decided to make his own church called, The Anglican Church, or more commonly known as, Church of England. Because King Henry only wanted a divorce, the Anglican Church follows many of the same religious practices as the Catholic Church.

King Henry VIII

Portrait of Henry VIII



King Henry VIII was King of England and lived 1491 – 1547. He had an older brother, Arthur, the Prince of Wales, who had passed away leaving Henry to the throne.

He was infamous for having six wives with two divorced, two beheaded, one dead. His last wife, however, survived long after King Henry died. His six wives were:

  1. Catherine of Aragon (Divorced)
  2. Anne Boleyn (Beheaded)
  3. Jane Seymour (Died)
  4. Anne of Cleves (Divorced)
  5. Catherine Howard (Beheaded)
  6. Katherine Parr (survived)

He also severed the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, because when he wanted a divorce, and the church would not let him. This was also part of the protestant reformation.

  • In addition, the first wife of King Henry bore a daughter named Mary I who was later known as 'Bloody Mary' after she was taken to the throne after Edward VI who died shortly after birth.

Later in life, Henry VIII was declared as 'insane' due to his actions.



King Henry wasn’t famous only for his six wives, but his true works of songs, speeches, letters, and poems. His poems talked about love, dreams, feelings, etc. Some of his well-known poems and song are:


[Green groweth the holly]

Green groweth the holly, so doth the ivy. Though winter blasts blow never so high, Green groweth the holly.

As the holly groweth green And never changeth hue, So I am, and ever hath been, Unto my lady true. Green groweth . . . etc.

As the holly groweth green, With ivy all alone, When flowerys cannot be seen And green-wood leaves be gone, ut supra

Now unto my lady Promise to her I make: From all other only To her I me betake. ut supra

Adieu, mine own lady, Adieu, my specïal, Who hath my heart truly, Be sure, and ever shall.

Green groweth the holly, so doth the ivy. Though winter blasts blow never so high, Green groweth the holly.

Pastime with good company

Pastime with good company I love and shall until I die. Grudge who likes, but none deny, So God be pleased, thus live will I. For my pastance: Hunt, sing, and dance. My heart is set! All goodly sport For my comfort. Who shall me let?

Youth must have some dalliance, Of good or ill some pastance. Company I think then best -- All thoughts and fantasies to digest. For idleness Is chief mistress Of vices all. Then who can say But mirth and play Is best of all?

Company with honesty Is virtue -- vices to flee. Company is good and ill, But every man has his free will. The best ensue. The worst eschew. My mind shall be. Virtue to use. Vice to refuse. Thus shall I use me!