Henry VIII Becomes King

Henry Tudor never expected to become king of England.  His brother, Arthur, was the Prince of Wales.  Then ... tragedy struck the Prince's family when his brother and mother both died.

Henry would ultimately marry his dead brother's wife - Catharine of Aragon - and would become Henry VIII when his father died in April of 1509.

Famously known for his six wives, Henry led a sheltered life after the death of his brother.  What was he like as a young man?  What caused Thomas More to observe - on the day Henry became king:

This day is the end of our slavery, the fount of our liberty; the end of sadness and the beginning of joy.

Meet Henry VIII - in his early years as king - courtesy the BBC and Dr. David Starkey (the British historian and "renowned expert on all things Tudor").

Media Credits

Clips about Henry VIII from Channel 4's series "Monarchy" - Series 2, Episode 2 ("King and Emperor"), hosted by Dr. David Starkey.  Online, courtesy Channel 4.  Copyright, Channel 4, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.


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