Henry VIII

Henry VIIIHenry VIII (1509 - 1547) was the son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.  He succeeded to the throne at the age of 17 and was very popular with his people. He loved dancing, hunting and jousting.

Henry married Catherine of Aragon, a Spanish princess, but they only had one surviving child: a daughter, Mary. Desperate for a male heir, Henry began to seek a divorce so he could marry again. When the Pope refused to grant the divorce, Henry broke with the Catholic Church in Rome and set up the Church of England - with himself as the head.

Henry then divorced Catherine and married Anne Boleyn.  When Anne had a daughter (the future Queen Elizabeth I), Henry divorced her and had her executed. A couple of days later he married Jane Seymour, who gave him his longed-for son and heir, the future Edward VI. Sadly Jane died soon after.

Henry went on to marry a further three times, to Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. The rhyme "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived" is used to help us remember their fates.

By the end of his reign Henry had become something of a tyrant! Many of his former friends had been imprisoned or executed, and Henry's split with the Catholic church meant turbulent times ahead. He was succeeded by his son, Edward VI.

 Henry VIII Booklet

Henry VIII Booklet

Print and fold these little booklets using the instructions here - and use them to store all the facts you learn about the charismatic King Henry VIII.

 Henry VIII Notebooking Page

Henry VIII Notebooking Page

These notebooking pages will come in useful when you are learning about Henry VIII. Use them for note-taking, writing projects and fact collecting...

 Wives of Henry VIII Booklet

Wives of Henry VIII Booklet

Here are three of our clever origami booklets (folding instructions here) dedicated to the wives of King Henry VIII. One has pictures and dates, one has pictures, dates and facts, and one has just pictures and has been left blank for your own notes.

Hampton Court Palace Colouring Page

Hampton Court Palace Colouring Page

Henry VIII lived at Hampton Court Palace for part of his time, and because it still exists it is probably the best known of his royal palaces. Here's a colouring page.

Henry VIII Coins Colouring Page

Henry VIII Coins Colouring Page

Here is the front and back of a coin from Henry VIII's reign, showing the king's head. Colour in, cut out and fold - or use as the covers of a little booklet on this most famous of Tudor kings!

Henry VIII Colouring Page

Henry VIII Colouring Page

This is an outline colouring page taken from one of the most famous of Henry VIII portraits. Doesn't he look splendid?

Henry VIII Colouring Page 2

Henry VIII Colouring Page 2

Here is a rather severe colouring page / portrait of Henry VIII, which is particularly interesting because of the detail of his clothes and hat.

Henry VIII Poster

Henry VIII Poster

Our simple poster of Henry VIII - aimed at younger children - is fun to display in the classroom but also makes a great insert or cover for a project. We've given him simple outlines, too, in case you want to cut him out.

Henry VIII Story Paper

Henry VIII Story Paper

Use one of these story paper sheets to write about Henry VIII. Designed to appeal to younger children, we have both handwriting lines and normal lines, as well as a simplified image to colour in.

Henry VIII Worksheet

Henry VIII Worksheet

Use this simple worksheet about Henry VIII to encourage some fact finding (and writing) about this most charismatic of Tudor kings!

Henry VIII Writing Page

Henry VIII Writing Page

Here's a writing page for your Henry VIII projects with our younger-style Henry VIII illustration. You can download it in colour or black and white.

Learn to Draw King Henry VIII

Learn to Draw King Henry VIII

Here's a fun activity that will help the children remember all about Henry VIII - learn to draw him! This simplified drawing uses easy shapes and a step by step method which will help the children recreate a drawing of the king that they can be proud of!

Succeeded by:

Edward VI
Edward VI

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