Henry VIII

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Early reign Henry VII died on 22 April 1509, and the young Henry succeeded him as king, taking the name of Henry VIII. Thomas Wolsey became one of his main advisors. Henry suddenly declared that he would indeed marry Catherine saying that this was his father's dying wish. Whether or not this was true, it was certainly convenient since relationships with Spain were reestablished. The ceremony in which they were married was a traditional one, common for the rulers of the time. However, their coronation which took place later was a different matter. Henry demanded lavish parties in honor of him becoming a king. He ordered only the best and emptied half of the England's treasury indulging in all sorts of extravagancies. Catherine wrote in a letter to her father „our time is spent in continuous festival" . Henry wasn't very interested in politics and prefered to leave them to Thomas Wolsey who was skilled in such affairs. However, despite his dislike for political affairs, Henry set out to solve some of the problems which were left behind by his father. Some of his father's most unpopular ministers were removed from their positions (some of them even from the mortal world) and some of his father's enemies who were liked by the people were freed and pardoned for their crimes. Henry also returned to the public some of the money extorted by the ministers. This wasn't an act of good will as some thought but rather a deliberate tactic aimed at calming some of the nobles and the people too. While he was giving them money stolen by the ministers he was also raising taxes. He lived in luxury while half of England was starving. Henry had somewhat childish fantasies of being the great warrior-king and the hero on the battlefield. He wanted ... ... middle of paper ... ...never made it to Suleiman. This enabled Charles to defeat and capture Francis at Pavia with Henry's minor help. Charles could now dictate peace and he believed he owed Henry nothing. Once again Henry was used by his ally and emptied England's treasury for nothing. But he only cared about preserving his public image since he thought that not going into the war will make him look weak. Thankfully he decided to take England out of the war signing the Treaty of the More on 30 August 1525. As Henry left Suleiman arrived. His official alliance with France eventually led to the Battle of Mohács where Ottomans defeated the European armies. Frances' support will later enable Suleiman to reach, and almost conquer, Vienna wich proves that even the smallest decision, like Henry chosing Charles over Frances, can have great consequences, like Ottomans almost conquering Europe.

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