Medieval Europe - The English Reformation

Medieval Europe - The English Reformation

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  • 1509
  • Anne Boleyn, his wife's lady-in-waiting
  • A GIRL?!
  • 1516
  • To Pope Clementine VII My old wife is not producing a male heir and now she's old and can't have anymore kids. I would like to divorce her. -King Henry VIII
  • Around 1527
  • King Henry VII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, previously the bride of his brother, whomst he was the successor of, on 11 June 1509, after inheriting the throne of England that same year.
  • I can't allow this! Catherine's nephew, Charles V is the Holy Roman Emperor and I do not want to offend or insult him
  • ?
  • After multiple miscarriages and children who did not live long throughout the years of their marriage, Catherine of Aragon finally gave birth to a healthy baby, but it was a girl. King Henry was annoyed but kept trying for a boy, until Catherine was deemed too old to have children and he became invested in chasing Anne Boleyn, his wife's lady in waiting.
  • 1534
  • no Pope Clem VII
  • Anne Boleyn refused to be his mistress and claimed she would only be tied to him if he annulled his marriage to Catherine. This lead to being one of the main reasons for his very sought after annulment. He claimed that because she was his brother's wife, it was appropriate for an annulment, which is mentioned in the Old Testament.
  • 1537
  • Pope Clement VII was in favour to Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor and denied the annulment of King Henry's marriage to Catherine because he was her nephew.
  • After being denied his marriage annulment, King Henry, once loyally pledged to the Church of Rome, declared the Pope had no right in England anymore and declared himself the Head of The Church of England, known more commonly as Anglicanism or in the US, the Episcopal Church. This was known as 'The Act Of Supremacy'.
  • King Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn did not last long since she only birthed a girl (future Queen Elizabeth I in 1533). King Henry accused her of adultery and treason in order to get her executed and to remarry Jane Seymour. They were wed in 1536, and she gave birth to Prince Edward in 1537, dying in childbirth. He mourned her death for three years before marrying again.
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