He was the original Royal Lothario. In 1534 King Henry VIII initiated what was arguably the first great Royal scandal, when he broke his entire kingdom away from the Roman Catholic Church — appointing himself Supreme Head of the Church of England in the process. His religious revolt was sparked when the pope denied him permission to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, to enable him to marry the vivacious Anne Boleyn, with whom he had become infatuated. Still not content, he later had Anne beheaded on trumped-up charges of adultery. His next wife, Jane Seymour, who died not long after bearing a son, was followed by Anne of Cleves, whom he divorced solely for the crime of being ugly. At least she escaped with her head (however ugly it might have been), unlike her successor, the much younger Catherine Howard. His final wife Catherine Parr, seemed to have the best luck, remaining married to the King until his death in 1547. Prince Harry might like removing his trousers, but King Henry VIII had a clear penchant for removing his lovers.
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