King Henry Tudor VIII began his adulthood as a strong, feisty young man growing into an
obese, domineering tyrant by his death.
Born: June 28, 1491
Death: January 28, 1547
Height: 6 4′
Father: Henry VII Tudor 1457-1509
Mother: Elisabeth of York 1466-1503
Brother: Author Tudor, 1486-1502
First wife: Katherine of Aragon 1485-1536
First daughter: Mary Tudor, future Queen of England 1516-1558
Second wife: Anne Boleyn 1501/1507-1556
Second daughter: Elizabeth I, future Queen of England 1533-1603
Third wife: Jane Seymour 1508-1537
First son: Edward VI, future of King of England 1537-1553
Forth wife: Anne of Cleves 1515-1557
Fifth wife: Catherine Howard 1521-1542
Sixth wife: Catherine Parr 1512-1548
Henry VIII was buried in the St George’s Chapel of Winsor Castle, next to Jane Seymour, who gave birth to Henry’s only living son, Prince Edward.
During his reign Henry built up his navy from 5 ships to 60 ships.
Henry supervised the construction of the castle stronghold along the coastline. The occupants of these homes were responsible to watch for possible invasions from other countries, thus preserving the way of life in England.
At the beginning of King Henry’s reign he was a Roman Catholic. After he began his affair with Anne Boleyn he commanded that his constituents reform their religious beliefs from Roman Catholic to Protestant. He broke up all monasteries in the country, mainly for monetary gain. Following this action Henry became a very affluent man.
By the end of his life King Henry was an extremely obese man, suffering from a wide range of health problems. At the age of 22 he contracted small pox. During the 33rd year of his life he came down with malaria, and after that continued suffering attacks for the rest of his life. At 44, Henry was injured during a jousting event. Although his leg was wounded and did heal, the scar reopened, as it had become ulcerated. Due to this affliction Henry’s weight increased considerably. Many speculate that the actual cause of his death was either complications due to syphilis or obesity. When he died, his weight was estimated at approximately 300-320 lbs.
Other health issues include:
Ulcers on both legs
A mental decline, including paranoia and depression
As King Henry grow older his temper increased, along with his paranoia. He was mistrustful of everyone; if anyone crossed him or upset him, he would immediately imprison them or have them executed. During his life time the number of persons Henry had killed is estimated to be greater than 50,000.