Henry VIII of England Timeline

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  • 28 Jun 1491
    Future Henry VIII of England is born at Greenwich Palace.
  • 2 Apr 1502
    Prince Arthur of England, first husband of Catherine of Aragon, dies of illness.
  • Sep 1502
    Henry VII of England arranges for his second son Henry (future Henry VIII of England) to marry Catherine of Aragon at a future date.
  • 1509 - 1547
  • 11 Jun 1509
    Prince Henry (future Henry VIII of England) marries Catherine of Aragon.
  • 24 Jun 1509
    Coronation of Henry VIII of England in Westminster Abbey.
  • c. 1513 - 1529
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey serves as Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII of England.
  • 16 Aug 1513
    A naval force of Henry VIII of England wins the Battle of the Spurs against the French.n
  • 9 Sep 1513
    Henry VIII of England sends an army to Scotland and wins a victory at Flodden where James IV of Scotland is killed.
  • 18 Feb 1516
    Birth of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon. She is the future Mary I of England.
  • 1518
    England, France, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire sign a mutual defence agreement.
  • 1518
    Sir Thomas More is invited to join the KIng's Council of Henry VIII of England.
  • 1519
    Henry VIII of England has an illegitimate son,nHenry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond with his mistress, Elizabeth Blount.
  • Jun 1520
    The Field of the Cloth of Gold pageant is held just outside Calais for Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France.
  • 1521
    The Pope awards Henry VIII of England with the title 'Defender of the Faith'.
  • 1521
    Sir Thomas More is knighted by Henry VIII of Englandnand made Treasurer of the Exchequer.
  • 1522
    Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of Henry VIII of England.
  • 1525
    The Treaty of More renews friendly relations between England and France.
  • 1525
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey introduces an unpopular new tax, the Amicable Grant. It is abandoned after several rebellions.
  • 1529 - 1532
    Sir Thomas More is Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII of England.
  • 1529
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is dismissed from the Privy Council and as Lord Chancellor for his failure in Henry VIII of England's 'Great Matter'.
  • Jun 1529
    Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio presides over a special court to decide the annulment of the first marriage of Henry VIII of England. No decision is reached.
  • 1530
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey dies of ill health on his way to trial for treason against Henry VIII of England.
  • 1530
    Henry VIII of England appoints Thomas Cranmer as ambassador to the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1531
    Thomas Cranmer serves as the personal chaplain of Henry VIII of England.
  • 1532 - 1540
    Thomas Cromwell is chief minister to Henry VIII of England.
  • 1532
    Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor over Henry VIII of England's plans to remarry.
  • 1532
    Thomas Cromwell pushes through Parliament the Act in Restraint of Annates which limits funds paid to the Papacy.
  • Oct 1532
    Henry VIII of England travels to France with Anne Boleyn as his official consort.
  • 1533 - 1555
    Thomas Cranmer serves as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • 1533
    Thomas Cromwell pushes through Parliament the Act in Restraint of Appeals which declares that the English monarch is now the highest authority on all legal matters.
  • 25 Jan 1533
    Henry VIII of England marries his second wife, Anne Boleyn, in secret.
  • 30 Mar 1533
    Henry VIII of England appoints Thomas Cranmer as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • 23 May 1533
    Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury formally annuls Henry VIII of England’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
  • 1 Jun 1533
    Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, is crowned Queen of England.
  • 7 Sep 1533
    Birth of Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn. She is the future Elizabeth I of England.
  • 1534
    Thomas Cromwell pushes through Parliament the Treason Act which forbids people to speak out and criticise their king or his policies.
  • 30 Apr 1534
    Parliament passes the Act of Succession which declares Henry VIII of England's daughter Mary (with Catherine of Aragon) illegitimate.
  • 28 Nov 1534
    The Act of Supremacy declares Henry VIII of England the head of the Church in England and not the Pope.
  • 1535
    Thomas Cromwell and a team of inspectors compile the Valor Ecclesiasticus, a record of all the wealth and income of monastic institutions in England and Wales.
  • Jan 1535
    Thomas Cromwell is made vicar-general by Henry VIII of England.
  • 6 Jul 1535
    Sir Thomas More is executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII of England as the head of the Church in England.
  • 1536
    Henry VIII of England and Thomas Cromwell push a bill through Parliament which begins the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England and Wales.
  • 1536
    Thomas Cromwell's Ten Articles rejects four of the Seven Sacraments of Catholicism.
  • 1536
    The German Renaissance painter Hans Holbein the Younger becomes the court painter of Henry VIII of England.
  • 9 Jan 1536
    Death from cancer of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII of England.
  • May 1536
    Henry VIII of England marries his third wife, Jane Seymour.
  • 2 May 1536
    Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, is confined to the Tower of London.
  • 17 May 1536
    Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, formally annuls the marriage of Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn.
  • 19 May 1536
    Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII of England is executed at the Tower of London.
  • Aug 1536
    Thomas Cromwell issues The Injunctions, a set of recommendations for the clergy.
  • Oct 1536 - Dec 1536
    The Pilgrimage of Grace, a popular uprising against religious changes made by Henry VIII of England, marches in the north of England.
  • Jun 1537
    Henry VIII of England executes 178 of the protestors involved in the Pilgrimage of Grace.
  • Jul 1537
    Thomas Cromwell publishes The Bishop’s Book.
  • 12 Oct 1537
    Birth of Edward, son and heir of Henry VIII of England and future Edward VI of England.
  • 1538
    Thomas Cromwell issues a more radical version of The Injunctions.
  • 1539
    Henry VIII of England approves the translation of the Bible into English.
  • 1539
    Henry VIII of England guarantees certain Catholic practices with the Act of Six Articles.
  • 1539
    Parliament passes an act to close all monasteries in England and Wales regardless of size.
  • Jan 1540
    Henry VIII of England marries his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.
  • Mar 1540
    Waltham Abbey is the last monastery in England to close.
  • 10 Jun 1540
    Thomas Cromwell is arrested on charges of treason and heresy.
  • Jul 1540
    Henry VIII of England marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
  • 9 Jul 1540
    Henry VIII of England and Anne of Cleves divorce by mutual consent. n
  • 9 Jul 1540
    Henry VIII of England and Anne of Cleves divorce by mutual consent. Thomas Cromwell is blamed for the mismatch.
  • 28 Jul 1540
    Thomas Cromwell is executed for treason and heresy.
  • 1541
    Henry VIII of England awards himself the title ‘King of Ireland’ .
  • Feb 1542
    Catherine Howard is accused of adultery and executed in the Tower of London.
  • 1543
    Wales is divided into 13 counties by Henry VIII of England.
  • Jul 1543
    Henry VIII of England marries his sixth wife, Catherine Parr.
  • 1544
    An army sent by Henry VIII of England attacks Scotland and sacks Edinburgh.
  • 1544 - 1545
    English forces ravage the Scottish Lowlands, the so-called ‘Rough Wooing’.
  • 1545
    An army of Henry VIII of England is defeated by the Scots at the Battle of Ancrum Moore.
  • 19 Jul 1545
    Henry VIII of England's vice-flagship the Mary Rose sinks in the Solent.
  • 1546
    A peace treaty with France gives Henry VIII of England control of Boulogne for eight years.
  • 28 Jan 1547
    Henry VIII of England dies of ill health in Whitehall Palace.
  • 20 Feb 1547
    Coronation of Edward VI of England in Westminster Abbey.