|Henry VIII (1491-1547)|
|The king who had six wives|
|Henry VIII. © NMM|
His six wives:
For establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.
The dissolution of the monasteries.
|Deptford Dockyard. © NMM|
He established Deptford and Woolwich as the Royal Dockyards; they built ships for the Royal Navy for 350 years.
Founded the Trinity House Corporation at Deptford.
He had a great love for music and even composed pieces, such as Helas Madame.
In his youth, Henry was a very handsome and an incredible athlete, who had a love for jousting and hunting stag; but in his later years he was ill, partly as a result of a hunting accident and became very fat, having to be carried around everywhere.
|1491||Born son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.|
|1509||Succeeded as King Henry VIII and married Catherine of Aragon.|
|1513||Royal Dockyards founded at Deptford and Woolwich.|
|1516||Princess Mary born.|
|1518||Ordinance depot (later Royal Arsenal) founded at Woolwich.|
|1533||Divorced Catherine of Aragon, married Anne Boleyn, who gave birth to Princess Elizabeth.|
|1534||Act of Supremacy made Henry Supreme Head of the Church of England.|
|1536||Complete dissolution of the monasteries, a complete break with Rome.|
|1536||Had Anne Boleyn beheaded on grounds of adultery and married Jane Seymour.|
|1537||Jane Seymour died giving birth to Edward, Henry’s only son.|
|1540||Married Anne of Cleves, divorced her and married Catherine Howard.|
|1542||Beheaded Catherine Howard on grounds of adultery.|
|1543||Married Katherine Parr.|
|1546||Established the ‘Council of the Marine’ – later known as the Navy Board.|
|1547||Died on 28 January, and his son becomes King Edward VI.|