Henry 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.
These notebooking pages will come in useful when you are learning about Henry VIII. Use them for note-taking, writing projects and fact collecting...
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.
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.
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!
This is an outline colouring page taken from one of the most famous of Henry VIII portraits. Doesn't he look splendid?
Here is a rather severe colouring page / portrait of Henry VIII, which is particularly interesting because of the detail of his clothes and hat.
This colouring page of Henry VIII is definitely for younger children, and is based on our "learn to draw Henry VIII" printable. It has simple outlines, so is perfect for cutting out for your project work.
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.
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.
Use this simple worksheet about Henry VIII to encourage some fact finding (and writing) about this most charismatic of Tudor kings!
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.