The Henry VIII Quiz

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About This Quiz

Did Henry the Eighth really get married to the widow next door? Had she been married seven times before? Nope, not even close. This quiz is about the real monarch, who sparked a religious revolution and a succession crises. Oh yeah, he also had a few wives.

Who was Henry VIII's father?

Hey, it doesn't go without saying.

Henry became heir to the crown:

And boy, did his brother Arthur's death set in motion a series of world-changing events.

The young Henry could be described as physically:

Henry was tall for the time (over 6 feet) and quite fit.

Henry married Catherine of Aragon, who had previously been married to …

Trust this will come up again.

When did Henry ascend the throne?

After his father died in 1509, Henry took the throne.

By most accounts, Catherine and Henry's early marriage was:

For nearly 20 years, Catherine and Henry seemed a good match.

Catherine's only surviving child was:

Princess Mary was born in 1516, the only surviving child of Catherine's six births.

An important early counselor for Henry was Thomas Wolsey. What was Wosley's position?

Wolsey became cardinal in 1505 and was an influential minister in Henry's early reign.

What caused Henry's disillusionment with Catherine?

Although Henry no doubt carried on affairs throughout his marriage to Catherine, it was ultimately his concern for a male heir that caused the divorce to be pursued.

How did Henry convince himself (and attempt to convince the pope) that his marriage should be annulled?

Pope Clement VII wasn't about to give that argument credence.

Henry also had a strong advisor in Thomas More. What were More's most pressing concerns?

More didn't approve of a divorce and was devoted to making sure Lutheranism didn't spread.

What advisor finally succeeded in helping Henry get his divorce -- by separating England from the Catholic church?

Cunning Cromwell got the king what he wanted, but the result was a complete severing of England and papal authority.

What other Cromwell policy did Henry benefit from?

Remember that the church was quite wealthy; by making them the property of the king, the crown became enormously rich.

Henry married Anne Boleyn in 1533. How long did the marriage last?

It wasn't long before Henry grew tired of Anne.

Why did Henry pursue divorce with Anne Boleyn?

Although she bore him Elizabeth less than a year after their marriage, no male heir meant suspicions were aroused -- rightly or wrongly.

Anne was executed in May 1536. When did Henry marry Jane Seymour, his third wife?

11 days after Anne was beheaded, Jane was Queen.

Jane gave Henry a male heir, but their marriage ended a bit more than a year after their marriage due to what?

Edward VI lived until the age of 15.

Three years after Jane's death, Henry married Anne of Cleves -- a strategic move designed to what?

It was Cromwell's idea and seemed pretty promising.

Unfortunately, Henry divorced Anne just six months afterwards because of what?

Seriously, he thought the picture he saw of her was more attractive than the real thing.

Who else was a casualty of Anne of Cleves and Henry's marriage?

Never one to have much patience, Henry executed Cromwell for treason and heresy.

After the Anne of Cleves disaster, Henry rebounded with whom?

But alas, Catherine was beheaded two years later.

What was Catherine Howard's crime?

A bill was passed that no unchaste woman should marry the king.

By Catherine's death in 1542, Henry was increasingly:

Henry grew quite overweight and made erratic and unwise decisions.

Catherine Parr married Henry in 1543. How did their marriage end?

Catherine was Henry's last wife.

So all in all: How many wives did Henry VIII have?

Three Catherines, two Annes and one Jane

What wives of Henry survived him?

Anne of Cleves (like Catherine of Aragon, who died of natural causes in 1533) was merely divorced from Henry and actually lived the longest of Henry's wives.

Henry died in 1547. Who succeeded him on the throne?

Henry's son with Jane Seymour was made king at the age of 9 but died when he was 15.

What was Henry's last name?

Henry's father was first of the Tudor line of the monarchy.

Henry had one illegitimate son he acknowledged. What was his name ?

They really weren't even trying to hide the son, as the name he was christened with means "son of the king."

What rhyme can help you remember the fate of Henry's wives?

Meaning: Catherine of Aragon was divorced, Anne Boleyn beheaded, Jane Seymour died, Anne of Cleves divorced, Catherine Howard beheaded, Catherine Parr survived the king.

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