una storia nella Storia: il regno di Enrico VIII

Sometimes History is more fantastic then a fictional, imaginary story. This is the case of Henry VIII’s life. Henry VIII (1491 –. 1547) was the son of Henry VII and was  King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. When his father died, the throne passed into the hands of the elder son (= figlio maggiore) Arthur, who soon died in battle. So Henry VIII was crowned ( =incoronato)  King of England and had to marry his dead brother’s wife, Catherine of Aragon. The couple had an only daughter, Mary.
Henry wanted a son to keep the Tudor line going (=continuare la dinastia) …and he did not care about how many wives he had to marry.
He asked the Pope to get the divorce from Catherine, but she was a Spanish, a supporter (=sostenitrice) of the Church of Rome and the Pope did not approve. Henry broke with the Catholic Church and created his own church with himself as the head.
After Catherine Henry married six women. The first was Anne Boleyn who gave him another daughter, Elizabeth. She was beheaded under the charge (accusation = accusa) of betrayal (=tradimento) .
Anna was followed by Anne Seymour who gave Henry a son, Edward, but soon after died. Henry divorced also by Anne of Cleves and make Catherine Howard executed (put to death = uccisa).  Only his last wife survived him, Catherine Parr. The last three did not give Henry any heir.
There is a sort of rhyme to remember Henry’s wife. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.