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Was Henry VIII (8th) a good or bad King? Free essay! Download now

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Was Henry VIII (8th) a good or bad King?

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Was Henry VIII (8th) a good or bad King?

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Henry VIII was King of England for 38 years from 1509 till 1547. Henry was most famous for having six wives. There are different arguments whether he was a good or bad King.

Henry’s love life is the most interesting thing about him. He had many wives who reigned in the following order; Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and the only one to outlive him – Catherine Parr. Because he was trying to get a son and heir for his country his many wives were a necessity and therefore this can be seen as being a good trait as he was being concerned for the country after his death. He thought women were not fit to rule the country and therefore wanted to leave it safely with a male heir. On the other hand he could be criticised for being a bad King because it seems very immoral to have lots of wives and chop their heads off or divorce them if they can’t produce a Son for him.

Henry executed (chopped off their heads) many people that committed crimes that were particularly great, Anne Boleyn (Henrys 2nd Wife) did not give Henry the viii the son he wanted so he said that she had committed witch craft and that she had affairs and that she poisoned Henry Fitzroy ( Henrys illegitimate son) and plotted (with her brother) to kill the king. The other to main methods of execution was burning at the stake (very painfull) and the worst of them all, being hung drawn and quartered.
1) Dragged on a hurdle (a wooden frame) to the place of execution.
2) Hanged by the neck for a short time or until almost dead. (Hanged).
3) Disemboweled and emasculated and the genitalia and entrails burned before the condemned's eyes (This is the meaning of drawn. It is often used in cookbooks to denote the disembowelment of chicken or rabbit carcasses before cooking).
4) Beheaded and the body divided into four parts (quartered).
This can been seen as a good thing because it showed he was a strong king but on the other hand its absolutely discusting! Poor Anne did nothing wrong but just because Henry was eyeing up Jane Seymour he decided to give Anne the chop.

Money is going to be my next paragraph, war is also linked to this paragraph: money. Because Henry the VII made loads of money which Henry the VIII inherited, he spent all this money on the Cloth Of Gold war. Having no money Henry decided to beg parliament for more money, they refused him so he decided to say that the churches were corrupt and too rich. So Henry took all their land ...

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