King Henry VIII (1491-1547) was the second ruler of the House of Tudor. He reigned for 38 years after succeeding his father Henry VII. Today he is most well known for having six wives and the fact he ordered to execute several of them - mostly because he got cross with them for not giving him a son. Particularly famous is his marriage to Anne Boleyn who gave the world England’s perhaps most famous monarch Queen Elizabeth I during whose era England flourished in many ways.
The other reason for remaining memorable was his decision to suppress the Roman Catholic Church and to establish the Church of England as the official religion of the nation. This was because the Pope would not grant him a divorce. Under Act of Supremacy (1534), he deemed himself as the Head of the Church of England, calling the Pope the “Bishop of Rome” and excluding the English church from his influence.