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King Henry VIII & his six wives

Greenwich 2000 - King Henry VIII 1509 - 1547

Born: 28 June 1491 - Greenwich Palace
Father: King Henry VII
Mother: Elizabeth of York
Reigned: 1509 - 1547
Died: 28 January 1547

The wives of King Henry VIII

  • Catherine of Aragon - divorced
  • Anne Boleyn - beheaded
  • Jane Seymour - died
  • Anne of Cleaves - divorced
  • Catherine Howard - beheaded
  • Catherine Parr - survived

Time Line

Henry VIII 1509 - Death of Henry VII - Henry VIII becomes King aged 17
1509 - 7 June married Katherine of Aragon in private chapel of Placentia at Greenwich
1515 - Great tournament ground built at Greenwich by King Henry VIII.
1516 - Queen Mary I "Bloody Mary" (1516 - 1558) born in Greenwich.
1518 - Ordinance depot (later Royal Arsenal) established at Woolwich.
1533 - Henry marries Anne Boleyn in secret (25 January)
1533 - 7 September Queen Elizabeth I (1533 -1603) born in Greenwich.
1534 - Act of Supremacy - Henry becomes head of the Church of England
1536 - Anne Boleyn executed after dropping her handkerchief in Greenwich (a sign of infidelity!)
The Children of Henry VIII 1536 - Henry marries Jane Seymour
1536 - Act of Union between England & Wales
1537 - Birth of Henry's only son - Edward VI
1537 - Death of Jane Seymour
c1539 - King Henry VIII met Anne of Cleaves at a Blackheath pageant.
1540 - Henry marries Anne of Cleves - divorced 6 months later.
1540 - Henry marries Catherine Howard
1542 - Catherine Howard put to death for treason
1543 - Henry marries Catherine Parr
1547 - Edward VI became King of England on death of Henry VIII


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