King Henry VIII

Standard Name: Henry VIII, King
Used Form: Henry the Eighth


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Cultural formation Katherine Parr
Last queen of Henry VIII , KP was one of only eight Englishwomen to publish during the years 1486-1548. She has been recognised as the earliest woman writer to see her original works in print...
Cultural formation Aemilia Lanyer
She belonged to the closely-defined group of artists and performers dependent first on Henry 's, then Elizabeth 's, court. She and her family were probably Protestant in sympathies.
Woods, Susanne. Lanyer: A Renaissance Woman Poet. Oxford University Press.
Cultural formation Elizabeth Oxenbridge, Lady Tyrwhit
If she was the recipient of this dedication, however, that implies that her religious views had undergone no serious change since her early days as a Protestant champion in the closing stages of Henry VIII
Cultural formation Rose Hickman
She belonged to the London trading class, which was rising rapidly in wealth and influence. Life at this date was hazardous, however. Hers was shaped by her parents' belief in the new reformed religion, and...
Dedications Queen Elizabeth I
The dedication, also to Henry VIII , is Elizabeth's only surviving letter to him. This work was written out by the young translator in her own italic hand, and bound and embroidered by herself in...
Education Winifred Holtby
WH completed her course in the summer of 1921 (the year after women were admitted to degrees at Oxford). On her written exam results she was given a viva (an oral exam) to determine whether...
Family and Intimate relationships Katherine Parr
Four months after she was widowed for a second time, KP married, privately at Hampton Court, King Henry VIII ; she was his sixth and last wife.
Martienssen, Anthony. Queen Katherine Parr. McGraw-Hill.
146-7, 153
Parr, Katherine. “Introductory Note”. Katherine Parr, edited by Janel M. Mueller, Scolar Press; Ashgate, p. ix - xiv.
ix, x
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Basset
Despite her personal achievements, Margaret Roper's fame has and to some extent still does rest primarily on her status as the eldest and favourite daughter of Thomas More , Lord Chancellor of England under Henry VIII
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Locke
Her mother, Margery, née Gwynneth or Guinet (variously spelled), was reported to be witty and housewifely.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
She worked beyond her immediate family, serving as silkwoman to two of Henry VIII 's queens.
Felch, Susan M. “’Noble Gentlewomen famous for their learning’: The London Circle of Anne Vaughan Lock”. ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 14-19.
She died...
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Locke
Anne's father, Stephen Vaughan , was a London merchant adventurer with strong ties to the court of Henry VIII . He served as government agent in the Netherlands for Thomas Cromwell . He was a...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Oxenbridge, Lady Tyrwhit
Elizabeth's father, Sir Goddard Oxenbridge of Brede Place, Sussex, was knighted by Henry VIII at his coronation. He died, as a pious Catholic, in the same year as his wife.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Elizabeth Oxenbridge, Lady Tyrwhit,. “Introduction”. Elizabeth Tyrwhit’s Morning and Evening Prayers, edited by Susan M. Felch, Ashgate, pp. 1-51.
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Butts
His forebears had strong links with the artistic world. While he himself was a friend of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti , Mary's great-grandfather, Captain Thomas Butts , had been a patron of William Blake
Family and Intimate relationships May Edginton
Francis Baily was a novelist and one-time editor of Royal Magazine. It was in the context of the magazine that they met, as ME was one of its contributors. Baily was the author from...
Family and Intimate relationships Queen Elizabeth I
Elizabeth's father, King Henry VIII , had been an able and charismatic ruler in his youth. In decline he was tyrannical and paranoid. His second daughter, however, succeeded in remaining on good terms with him...
Family and Intimate relationships Margaret Roper
The family of Thomas More were merchants and lawyers of London's bourgeois ruling class: Thomas duly became a lawyer and out of personal passion became a scholar of the new humanist learning. He married again...


889-899: King Alfred's last decade was a kind of renaissance...

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King Alfred 's last decade was a kind of renaissance of learning in his kingdom of Wessex.

1123: St Bartholomew's Hospital was founded in...

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St Bartholomew's Hospital was founded in London by Rahere , a courtier of Henry I and canon of St Paul's Cathedral.

21 April 1509: King Henry VII died; the next day Henry VIII...

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21 April 1509

King Henry VII died; the next day Henry VIII assumed the throne of England. He began his reign by marrying Catherine of Aragon , widow of his brother Arthur.

7 September 1513: The English (under the leadership of Catherine...

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7 September 1513

The English (under the leadership of Catherine of Aragon , queen regent while her husband was abroad) defeated the Scots at the battle of Flodden Field in Northumberland, just across the border from Coldstream, Scotland.

By 1514: Mary, daughter of Henry VII (sister of Henry...

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By 1514

Mary , daughter of Henry VII (sister of Henry VIII and later Queen of France), had her own schoolmaster.

June 1520: Henry VIII met François I in an international...

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June 1520

Henry VIII met François I in an international peace summit at Guines in France, later known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold.

1523: Juan Luis Vives of Valencia, while living...

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Juan Luis Vives of Valencia, while living in England, wrote Satellitium, a plan of studies for Princess Mary (daughter of Henry VIII ).

1527: A young English priest, Thomas Cranmer, wrote...

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A young English priest, Thomas Cranmer , wrote two letters to Johannes Dantiscus , whom he had met on a royal mission to the Holy Roman Emperor in Spain, where Dantiscus was then Polish ambassador.

12 April 1533: Anne Boleyn, already secretly married to...

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12 April 1533

Anne Boleyn , already secretly married to Henry VIII , was publicly recognised as his consort in the public celebrations of the end of Lent.

1534: Henry VIII granted a charter to Cambridge...

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Henry VIII granted a charter to Cambridge University giving the right to set up a printing press: Cambridge University Press , the world's earliest surviving publishing house, printed its first book exactly fifty years later.

1534: Henry VIII, moving against monastic orders,...

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Henry VIII , moving against monastic orders, decreed the closure of all convents and their schools.

8 February 1534: Catherine of Aragon wrote a letter to the...

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8 February 1534

Catherine of Aragon wrote a letter to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (her nephew), seeking to enlist the support of Pope Clement VII against her husband 's attempts to have their marriage annulled.

20 April 1534: Elizabeth Barton (often called the Nun—or...

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20 April 1534

Elizabeth Barton (often called the Nun—or the Fair Maid—of Kent) was executed at Tyburn for seeking the king 's death.

November 1534: The Act of Supremacy declared the monarch,...

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November 1534

The Act of Supremacy declared the monarch, not the Pope , head of the Church of England.

1535: Royal injunctions by Henry VIII suppressed...

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Royal injunctions by Henry VIII suppressed the study of canon law in universities, encouraging instead the study of classical Greek, Latin and Hebrew, mathematics and medicine.


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