Was Henry Viii A Tyrant

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Henry VIII is often perceived as a tyrant for his barbarous treatment of his wives, especially for the treatment of his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. The couple seemed to be euphoric in the early years of their relationship, but their marriage took a turn for the worse. By the conclusion of their marriage, Henry had compelled a divorce upon her. She later died, supposedly due the stress of a broken heart. Although Henry VIII’s heartless treatment of Katherine seemed cruel and tyrannical, he was doing it to stabilize England and the English throne. Henry VIII was born in Greenwich on June 28, 1491. He was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. As a child, Henry was very athletic was a predominate tennis player. He was also…show more content…
He made many changes to religion during his reign. His marriage went against the teachings of the Bible and therefore, went against many of his rulings as king. This damaged people’s view of him as a king. If he didn’t practice religion then his people would feel as if they didn’t have too either. It also caused him internal troubles. Him and Katherine were unable to produce a male child together. They couldn’t question her fertility because she had had many pregnancies. They, however, couldn’t question his ability to produce male offsprings because Katherine had become pregnant with a few male children but none of them survived. His mistress, Elizabeth Blount, also became pregnant with a male and was able to carry the child to full term and until birth. For these reasons, Henry turned to God. He believed that it was God’s will that they had no male heir. He thought that it may be God punishing them for their sinful marriage. They disgraced the Bible and its teachings in order to become married. Leviticus XVIII, 16 states that ‘ thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness’. Also, later in chapter XX is states ‘If a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless’. These teachings led Henry to believe that his marriage was against the word of God, and that God was therefore punishing him for his wrongdoings. ("King Henry VIII: Biography, Portraits, Primary

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