Timeline of the English Reformation

  • Jun 28, 1491

    Henry VIII born

    Henry VIII born
    King Henry was one of England's most famous and ruthless kings. Before his desent into violence, however, he was quite a popular king. Henry was the second son of Henry VI, the first Tudor to claim the English throne thanks to the war of the Roses. Although his older brother, Arthur was designed to take the throne, his death in 1502
  • Apr 22, 1504

    Henry takes the throne

    Henry takes the throne
  • Period: Jan 1, 1509 to

    King Henry the VIII

  • Jun 23, 1509

    Marriage between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

    Marriage between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
    Henry VII, wanted to affirm his family's alliance with Spain, so he offered his young son Henry to Arthur's widow. The two families requested that Pope Julius II officially grant dispensation to Arthur and Catherine's marriage. The pope conceded, but the official marriage of Henry and Catherine was postponed until the death of Henry VII in 1509, when at the age of 17, Henry married Catherine and the two were crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • Feb 18, 1516

    Bloody Mary was born

    Bloody Mary was born
    Born from Henry the VII and Catherine.
  • Jun 7, 1520

    Field of the Cloth of Gold tournament commences

    Field of the Cloth of Gold tournament commences
    Tournament to seal the agreement between France and Spain, this was a monumentus event that allowed Henry VIII and Francis I to boast thier realms to each other, and the rest of Europe.
  • May 23, 1533

    marriage between King Henry and Catherine of Aragon ends

    marriage between King Henry and Catherine of Aragon ends
    On this day in history, 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon had been annulled Convocation had already ruled, in March 1533, that the marriage was contrary to God’s laws and that the Pope should never have issued as dispensation for it, but, following his consecration as Archbishop, Cranmer had opened a special trial into the annulment proceedings at Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire. It was on 23rd May 1533 that this court ruled on
  • Jun 23, 1533

    Henry VIII marries Anne Boyeln

    Henry VIII marries Anne Boyeln
    daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, afterwards Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde, and of Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey. The exact period of the beginning of Anne's relations with Henry is not known. They have been surmised as originating as early as 1523; but there is nothing to prove that Henry's passion was anterior to the proceedings taken for the divorce in May 1527, the celebrated love letters being undated. Her name is first openly connected with the king's as a possible wife
  • Sep 7, 1533

    Elizabeth I is born

    Elizabeth I is born
    Born from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
  • Nov 23, 1534

    Act of Supremacy #1

    Act of Supremacy #1
    King Henry VIII signs bill to be head of the Church of England. Said all of his succesors get same rights of head of church. Caused because wanted to be divorced to wife and the Pope wouldn't allow it.
  • May 19, 1536

    Queen Boleyn exucuted

    Queen Boleyn exucuted
    On the charges of adultery and incest against the king, Ann was exucuted after being divorced shortly before her death, not even giving her a queen's death.
  • May 30, 1536

    King Henry marries Jane Seymour

    King Henry marries Jane Seymour
    the third wife of king henry, Jane Seymour arrives in court. She is the only of King Henry's wives to bear an son that survies past infancy. Married after the death of Anne Boyeln, Jane Seymour re introduced a stricter lifestyle to the court, doing away with many of the customs that the previous queen brought in. She also worked to allow the disgraced Mary back into court life after the divorce of her father and mother, Catherine of Aragon.
  • Oct 12, 1537

    Edward VI was born

    Edward VI was born
    Born from Henry VIII and Jane Seymour
  • Jan 23, 1540

    Marriage to Ann of Cleves turns into disaster

    Marriage to Ann of Cleves turns into disaster
    Ann of Cleves, the daughter of a German Noble was one of many canidates suitable fort the King's fourth wife. While the marriage was mostly arranged for an alliance between the Holy Roman EMpire and England, a beautiful portrait by Hans Holbien the Younger led Henry to fall in love with the women- who he had never met! Hans' talent was very good at exsaggerating the beautiful features of Ann, however, who on meeting Henry for the first time did not leave a good impression.
  • Jun 24, 1540

    Ann of cleves removed from court

    Unwilling to even consumate thier marriage, Henry asked for a divorce. Compensation was paid by giving her the title of the King's Honerable Sister" Ann was the longest lasting wife of Henry, surviving him and the next two wives by at least six years. She died of cancer in 1557
  • Jul 28, 1540

    Henry marries Catherine Howard

    Henry marries Catherine Howard
    Catherine married Henry VIII on 28 July 1540, at Oatlands Palace, in Surrey, almost immediately after the annulment of his marriage to Anne of Cleves was arranged. However, she was beheaded after less than two years of marriage to Henry on the grounds of treason for committing adultery while married to the King. Catherine was the third of Henry's consorts to have been a member of the English gentry. Her Uncle, the Duke of Nrolfolk was nearly exucuted because of her
  • Dec 23, 1543

    Henry marries Catherine Parr

    Henry marries Catherine Parr
    The last wive of King Henry, Catherine was more of a nurse than a spouse, due to her huspand's old age, obesity, and illness. She was influential in Henry's passing of the Third Succession Act in 1543 that restored both Lady Mary and Lady Elizabeth to the line of succession to the throne. She was also the most-married English queen, as she had a total of four husbands.
  • Sep 9, 1544

    2nd Sucessive Act is passed

    2nd Sucessive Act is passed
    The act, which gained Royal Assent at the close of Parliament in February 1544, established the new line of succession as Edward, then any children he were to have, then a son Henry VIII might have with Katherine Parr, that potential son's possible children, then children from marriages after Queen Katherine, if any, then Mary, Mary's children, if any, then Elizabeth. Credit for Mary and Elizabeth's restoration to the line of succession is often given to Queen Katherine.
  • Jul 19, 1545

    Loss of the Mary Rose stuns England

    Loss of the Mary Rose stuns England
    after facing off against a French fleet, the pride of the Englis navy, the Mary Rose is hit by a crosswind and sinks with nearly all hands. the ship was later raised in the 1970's
  • Mar 21, 1546

    Siege of Boulogne ends

    Siege of Boulogne ends
  • Jan 19, 1547

    Edward VI takes the throne

    Edward VI takes the throne
    Had economic issues during his time ruling. Became sick at the age of 15. Protestantism was established by Edward. Edward named his cousin Lady Jane Grey as his heir but mary took throne nine days after Mary took throne.
  • Jan 28, 1547

    King Henry Dies, his son Edward becomes ruler of England

    King Henry Dies, his son Edward becomes ruler of England
  • Jul 6, 1553

    Edward VI dies.

    Edward VI dies.
    Dies of illness obtained at a young age
  • Jul 30, 1553

    Mary takes the throne

    Mary takes the throne
    Mary took the throne after Edward VI died. Got the name Bloody Mary after she killed her couzins so their would be no power struggles. Executed hundreds of protestant leaders. Tried to restore Catholicism in England.
  • Aug 26, 1558

    Elizabeth becomes queen

    Elizabeth becomes queen
    Became queen when Mary was locked in prison. Never had kids so last of the Tudor family line. Helped Shakespeare and Sir Francis Drake in her time. Defeated the Spanish Armada. 44 years on the throne.
  • Nov 17, 1558

    Mary Dies

    Mary Dies
  • Apr 23, 1559

    Act of Supremacy #3

    Act of Supremacy #3
    Mary repealed this act but after she lost her crown, Elizabeth reinstated it. Mary repealed it because she was catholic and Elizabeth reinstated it because she was protestant.
  • Elizabeth I dies

    Elizabeth I dies
  • Special thanks to Hans Holbein

    Special thanks to Hans Holbein
    withouy your painting, we would not have as such a good image of henry's court- and chopping block list. Thank you.
  • CREDITS

    CLIFTON- King Henry, his wives and the third sucessor act.
    BLAKE- children of Henry, First sucessive act