Today in World History: December 17th

Henry VII of England, known for having remarried seven times until his wish of a son was fulfilled, was excommunicated on this day in 1532. After wanting to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, due to her not producing him a male heir, Henry went to the Pope with this matter. Pope Clement VII refused to annul their marriage, and so Henry VII renounced the Pope’s authority, and formed the Church of England, of which he was the head, so that he could finally produce a male heir. Anne Boleyn, who he married after Catherine, did not give him a son, and was executed. It was not until he married Jane Seymour that his wish was granted. Unfortunately, the labor was hard on Jane and she promptly died.

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