Henry VIII Dramatic Interpretation

Essay by trobuelobovobeHigh School, 10th gradeA+, May 2005

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I, King Henry VIII was born on the 28th of June during the year of 1491 at Greenwich, England. I am the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. I originally had 6 brothers and sisters. But only 4 of us survived including myself: My older brother, Prince Arthur and my two sisters Margaret and Mary. When I was a child, I loved to learn. I learned about everything I could possibly be taught. Others would call me "spoiled" because I had my own "whipping boy" who got whipped for me when I did something wrong. But I do not see that as being spoiled. I see it as being better. My older brother, Arthur, was heir to the throne; therefore my father saw no reason to teach me how to rule a country. So I was educated to become a churchman. But, when I was age 11, Prince Arthur died, making me heir to the throne.

In my youth I was highly athletic and intelligent. I was bilingual including the languages French, Latin, and Spanish. My favorite sport was hunting. I also very much enjoyed tennis. In 1509, when I was 18 years old, my father died making me King Henry VIII of England. Then, I was over 6 feet tall, slender, and had golden hair. But, before I was crowned, I married Catherine of Aragon. Catherine of Aragon was 6 years older than me at the age of 24. She was my brother's widow. I wanted to make it clear that I would be my own master. I did not want anyone telling me what to do. I wanted to do things my way. When I became king, I was much more interested in renovating my court and surrounding myself with scholars and artists. I...



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