“Henry Viii Had Six Wives Just for Fun.” Do You Agree or Disagree with This Statement?

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Henry VIII married six times whilst he was King until he died, 1509-1543. His six marriages made him very well known but also gave him a bad reputation because of how he remarried and how his wives were divorced, beheaded and died. Did he marry six times ‘just for fun’ though? Below is research discussing why Henry married his six wives and if he did marry them ‘just for fun’. Henry VIII’s first wife was Catherine of Aragon. She was stubborn, resilient and beautiful. Catherine was the daughter of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile, they had arranged for her to marry the King of England to keep the alliance of Spain and England. Before she married Henry she was previously married to his older brother Arthur. They got married in November 1501. 5 months later Arthur died. Henry was given 2 orders from his father when he died, marry Catherine of Aragon to keep the alliance with Spain and get a male heir. So after Henry VII died Henry VIII was betrothed to Catherine and on the 11th June 1509 Henry and Catherine got married. She was very popular in England; she even had her very own motto – humble and loyal. The marriage between Catherine and Henry lasted 24 years. Queen Catherine had 8 children – 3 sons, 2 miscarriages and 3 girls. Unfortunately only 1 child survived, a girl called Mary I. Mary was born in February 1516. Henry was starting to get annoyed because Catherine was not giving him a son. He was cheating on Catherine with a few other girls and did get a son with one of his girlfriends but because they were not married the son was illegitimate and he could not become King. Henry was planning to get a divorce then in 1503 so he asked his Cardinal, Thomas Wolsey – his adviser and close friend to arrange it. Catherine kept refusing. Henry wanted to divorce Catherine and marry the 20-year-old daughter of the Earl of Wiltshire, Anne Boleyn. The

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