Henry VIII (June 28, 1491- January 28, 1547) was King of England from April 22 (crowned on June 24), 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547. He was accorded the title King of Ireland by the Irish Parliament in 1541, having previously been styled Lord of Ireland.
He is famous for many things, including:
- leading a breakaway from the Catholic Church
- his many marriages (not to mention mistresses)
- having his wives executed for a variety of reasons
A popular aide memoir for the fate of Henry VIII's wives is the rhyme divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.
- Catherine of Aragon -- (divorced)
- Anne Boleyn -- (executed)
- Jane Seymour -- (died)
- Anne of Cleves -- (divorced)
- Kathryn Howard -- (executed)
- Katherine Parr -- (outlived the king and remarried)