This oft-married British king engineered a religious schism from the Roman Catholic Church so he could divorce his first wife. That same year, he enacted the first British laws to make Buggery a capital crime. Athletic and handsome as a youth, he grew immensely fat after a jousting accident.
Forever immortalized by Herman's Hermits:
I'm Henry the eighth I am,
Henry the eighth I am, I am.
I got married to the widow next door,
She's been married seven times before,
And every one was an Henry (Henry!)
She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (No Sam!)
I'm her eighth old man, I'm Henry,
Henry the eighth I am
Second verse, same as the first etc. etc.
|28 Jun 1491
||Henry VIII born.
|11 Jun 1509
||Marries Catherine of Aragon (#1), his brother's widow.
|24 Jun 1509
||Crowned King of England.
|18 Feb 1516
||Catherine of Aragon gives birth to Mary I.
|11 Feb 1531
||Henry becomes Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
||Introduces the Buggery Act, making buggery a hanging offense. This statute remains in effect until 1861.
|25 Jan 1533
||Marries Anne Boleyn (#2) in secret.
|23 May 1533
||Marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled.
|7 Sep 1533
||Anne Boleyn gives birth to Elizabeth I.
||Injures his thigh in a jousting accident. His subsequent inability to exercise is responsible for the modern image of his fatness.
|11 Feb 1536
||Marriage to Anne Boleyn annulled.
|19 May 1536
||Anne Boleyn beheaded, having been convicted of adultery, witchcraft, and treason.
|30 May 1536
||Marries Jane Seymour (#3).
|12 Oct 1537
||Jane Seymour gives birth to Edward VI.
|24 May 1537
||Jane Seymour dies.
|6 Jan 1540
||Marries Anne of Cleves (#4).
|9 Jul 1540
||Marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled.
|28 Jul 1540
||Marries Catherine Howard (#5).
|13 Feb 1542
||Catherine Howard beheaded, having been convicted of treason and adultery.
|12 Jul 1543
||Marries Catherine Parr (#6). It is her fourth marriage, making her the most-married Queen of England.
|28 Jan 1547
||Dies, possibly due to gout or Syphilis.