Henry VIII

  • Period: Jun 28, 1491 to Jan 28, 1547


    Major points in his life.
  • 1504

    The 10-year-old Henry became the new Duke of Cornwall, and the new Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester.

  • 1506

    Knight of the Golden Fleece

  • 1509

    Became king

  • Jun 11, 1509

    1st marriage

    1st marriage
    Henry's wedding to Catherine of Aragon was kept low-key and was held at the friar's church in Greenwich.
  • Jun 23, 1509

    Coronation day

    Coronation day
  • 1516

    Mary's birth

  • Jan 25, 1533

    2nd marriage

    2nd marriage
    Henry married Anne Boleyn in London.
  • Sep 7, 1533

    Elizabeth's birth.

    Anne Boleyn gave birth to Elizabeth I.
  • 1534

    Acts of Supremacy

    Parliament recognised the King's status as head of the church in England
  • 1536

    3rd Marriage

    3rd Marriage
    The day after Anne's execution the 45-year-old Henry became engaged to Jane Seymour, who had been one of the queen's ladies-in-waiting. They were married ten days later at the Palace of Whitehall.
  • May 19, 1536

    Anne's execution

    At 8 am on 19 May 1536, Anne was executed on Tower Green.
  • Oct 12, 1537

    Edward's birth

    On 12 October 1537, Jane gave birth to a son, Prince Edward, the future Edward VI.
  • Oct 24, 1537

    Jane's death

    The birth was difficult, and Queen Jane died on 24 October 1537 from an infection.
  • 1540

    4th Marriage

    4th Marriage
    The marriage to Anne of Cleves took place in January 1540.
  • 1540

    The King's marriage to Anne was disolved.

  • Jul 28, 1540

    5th Marriage

    5th Marriage
    On 28 July 1540, Henry married the young Catherine Howard, a first cousin and lady-in-waiting of Anne Boleyn
  • Feb 13, 1542

    Cathrine's execution

    Catherine was beheaded on 13 February 1542
  • 1543

    6th Marriage

    6th Marriage
    Henry married his last wife, the wealthy widow Catherine Parr, in July 1543.A reformer at heart, she argued with Henry over religion. Parr helped reconcile Henry with his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. In 1543, the Third Succession Act put them back in the line of succession after Edward. The same act allowed Henry to determine further succession to the throne in his will.
  • Jan 28, 1547

    Henry's death

    Later in life, Henry's heailth declined. He became obese, he was covered with painful, pus-filled boils and possibly had gout. His obesity and other medical problems can be traced to the jousting accident on 24 January 1536 in which he suffered a leg wound. The chronic wound became ulcerated, preventing him from maintaining the level of physical activity he had previously enjoyed. Henry's obesity hastened his death at the age of 55, on 28 January 1547.