In order to understand his reasonings for his decree, one must first learn more about his early life. Henry VIII was born in 1491 to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.5 He was the second son and third child out of six. When he was young, Henry was appointed the Duke of York.
In 1502, his brother Arthur died at the age of 15, and young Henry became the new Duke of Cornwall. Henry VII wanted a marital union between England and Spain, so in 1503 he was offered to his brother's wife Catherine of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand of Aragon, and Queen Isabella of Castile.6 They declared that because of his young age, Henry would have to wait in order to marry her.
Henry VII died in April 1509, and Henry succeeded him as King. Henry was given the regal name Henry VIII.7 He was the first Tudor to easily become King. Due to England's peace domestically and abroad, Henry VIII became King at a perfect time.8 The royal finances of England were at an all time high, and Henry VIII had the freedom and privile...
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