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Henry VIII was born on January 28, 1491.
Henry VIII inherited the throne when he was seventeen years old and married Catherine of Aragon.
He battled France in a war that lasted for three years in honor of his son that died.
Henry VIII was important because he made changes that took the nation into the Protestant Reformation.
Pope, I need to annul my marriage with Catherine.
England was Protestant. Henry fell in love with a lady named Anne, and wanted to annul his marriage with Catherine. The pope denied and he realized that he did not need the pope to do it, he could do it himself.
He then made a change that the king could the only one to control the church. He caused the church to separate.
I'm sorry, I'm afraid I cannot your highness.
He brought the clergy under good management and discontinued the papacy. The Parliament became involved the changes he made and then later substantiated.
Long Lasting Contributions of Henry VIII
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