What was Henry VIII like?
- He became king on 21st April 1509 at the age of 17years and 10 months.
- There was a clear contrast between the new king (him) and the old king (Henry VII - his dad).
- Henry VII was seen as a mean, old man who was rarely seen in public. He was known for gaining money out of people and he lost his wife and eldest son (Arthur).
- Henry VIII was the complete opposite of his father, for example he spent all the money.
- At the time, the people of England were very positive about him.
- During his 37-year reign, much stayed the same; however things changed only as certain circumstances occured.
- His confidence grew.
- In his mind, there was no distinction between his personal life and his life as king - he was a 24-hour monarch.
- His role as king was natural - he didn't need training or preparation.
- He simply believed that he just had to be himself.
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