Was Henry VIII a Tyrant?

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Was Henry VIII a Tyrant?
Knowing that Henry VIII was truly a tyrant is a sucker punch for the innumerable who are
earnestly eager to know about him. Henry VIII has succeeded his father, Henry VII, who was the
founder of the Tudor dynasty, and was born from a mother, Elizabeth of York, as another son in the
family (Frequently 3). Linda Alchin, a history author, of The Tudors asserted, "King Henry VIII
died...and the early life of Henry ended when he succeeded to the throne of England when he was
nearly 18 years old." King Henry VIII's relationship with his father, predecessor of Britain, was very
tense. His mother died, shortly after his brother Arthur's death, on February 11, 1503 (2). Arthur
became the heir of the king as the oldest son (Alchin 1).
Henry the Eighth put England under his control for three decades, seven years, nine months, and
six days. John Simkin of Spartacus Educational stated, "Henry, the second son of Henry VII, was born
in Greenwich, in 1491." (3). His best friends consisted of cousins like William Compton or Charles
Brandon, and a stranger named Henry Norris (Alchin 1). A history author mentioned that Henry was
also a Renaissance king with narcissism, egoism, and showiness (Hacket 118). One scientific columnist
reported of Henry's beginning to murder some of the wives after the infamous joust's fall (McCarthy 1).
The King gained a bad reputation after killing so many people, particularly a third of the wives, when he
died in the year 1547 (Weir 1). Conclusively, Henry VIII was a tyrant.
First of all, Henry VIII badly treated most of his wives and decapitated two of them (Frequently
3). Author of Henry VIII: The King and His Court writes, "...the King was displeased with her,
`avoiding as much as possible her company' and seeking his pleasures elsewhere, while the Queen kept
to her lodgings." (Weir 442). Oxford University Press's writer acknowledges that the King accused his

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second wife, Anne Boleyn, of cheating on him with disproved proofs of the forced confession of Mark
Smeaton (Anne Boleyn's brother) and of Anne sleeping with her brother (Leithead 16). Alison Weir
also expressed in her other book The Six Wives of Henry VIII that he disliked his fourth wife, Anne of
Cleves, regretting his choice and her physical shape (399).…read more

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mistress. The Hampton Court Palace website conveys, "Finally, when Anne Boleyn was still queen,
Mary Shelton, Anne's first cousin, became his own mistress..." ("Hampton" 3).
Second, King Henry the Eight used horrible ways to suppress his enemies and rivals, concocting
a depicting image based on his killings after his era of enlightenment (Morrill 4). One way was hanging,
drawing, and quartering, which people faced (such as Dereham) (Six 473).…read more

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chaplains and tutors, as a repercussion. Another reason is adultery, which involved accusations against
persons like the wives of the King, like Anne Boleyn for not having a male kid (Morrill 4). Finally,
several were accused of heresy (adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma). John
Lambert was in debate with the King who wanted to secure the guarantee of living by converting him,
but still threatened him. However, as mentioned before, a fire burnt Lambert for his resistance (Court
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addition a history author remarked that Henry's daughter Mary, who was a strict Catholic, was
announced illegitimate by the King after Rome's breach (Derderfield 73).
Of course, Henry's influence on people was nevertheless great and took many to be his fans
while it put others on fire. Surprisingly, Henry VIII affected his citizens' lives by allowing opinionating of
their own Bible interpretations (Court 410).…read more

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Francis, Hackett. "Tudor England." European History to 1715. 1970. Print.
Frequently asked questions. Hampton Court Palace. 1 June 2014.
FAQsaspx>. Web.
Hall, Edward. 1535, The executions of Fisher, More,etc. EnglishHistory.net. 1 June 2014.
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Hutton, Ronald. Henry VIII: Majesty with Menace. 17 February 2011. British Broadcasting
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/tudors/majesty_menace_01.shtml>. Web.
In depth history of the Church of England. The Church of England. 26 January 2014.
<http:// churchofengland.org/about-us/history/detailed-history.aspx>. Web.
Knight, Kevin. Elizabeth Barton. 1907. Robert Appleton Company.…read more

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McCarthy, Michael. The jousting accident that turned Henry VIII into a tyrant. The
Independent. 18 April 2009. Web.
Ridgway, Claire. Was Henry VIII Merciful to Anne? 27 July 2009. The Anne Boleyn Files. 1
June 2014. < http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/was-henry-viii-merciful-to-anne/>. Web.
Smith, Joan. Henry VIII, the Saddam of the Tudor court. 30 June 2013. The Independent. 1
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Soh, Emily. King Henry VIII's Madness Explained. 11 March 2011. Discovery News. 1 June
2014. < http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/henry-viii-blood-disorder-110311.htm>.
Weir, Alison.…read more


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