Periods > Henry VIII (1509-47)

Ascending to the throne in 1509, his reign saw the decisive first steps in the English Reformation and marriage to six wives.

1509  Marriage to Catherine of Aragon

Henry's first wife, whom he married in June 1509. She was banished from court in 1531, and died at Kimbolton Castle in 1536.

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  1. Parishes - Kimbolton
  2. Parishes - Buckden
  3. Henry VIII - February 1534, 1-10
  4. Milan - 1536
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1520  Field of Cloth of Gold

The site in France of a spectacular meeting between Henry and Francis I of France, which took place in June.

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  1. Henry VIII - June 1520
  2. Henry VIII - April 1520, 2-15
  3. Henry VIII - May 1520, 16-30
  4. Venice - May 1520, 21-25
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1521  Defender of the Faith

'Fidei Defensor', the title conferred on Henry by Pope Leo X for his book refuting the errors of Luther

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  1. Henry VIII - October 1521, 11-20
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1533  Anne Boleyn

Henry's second wife, and queen consort from 1533 to 1536.

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  1. Henry VIII - May 1536, 16-20
  2. Henry VIII - June 1536, 1-5
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1535  Thomas More

Lord Chancellor and scholar, executed in 1535 for refusing to sign the Act of Supremacy.

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  1. Henry VIII - July 1535, 1-10
  2. Chelsea - (part 1 of 3)
  3. Religious history - The parish church
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1536  Pilgrimage of Grace

A rebellion in the North against Henry's religious changes. Its first phase, known as the Lincolnshire Rising, began at Louth in October.

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  1. Henry VIII - October 1536, 26-31
  2. Henry VIII - October 1536, 16-20
  3. Houses of Cistercian monks - The abbey of Louth Park
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