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The Change of Relationship between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
Horejšová, Sára ; Valkoun, Jaroslav (advisor) ; Chmelíková, Pavla (referee)
(in English): The English king Henry VIII went down in history as controversial man, who wanted the male heir so badly, that he was not afraid of anything. For some people he was the great monarch, who was able to divert from Rome. For others he was a monster, who did not hesitate to mentally abuse his first wife Catherine of Aragon and beheaded his other two wives. Henry with his six marriages was recorded in awareness of general public. The aim of this thesis was analysing family life of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, which was interweaved with great banquets and celebrations, but also with dynastic issues. Henry VIII was all his reign afraid of securing his throne. His father, Henry VII succeeded the throne after long, bloody, and exhausting domestic policy fight, in which he had the obligation to secure his throne and power by multiple offspring. As the first fiancé of Henry VIII was chosen Catherine of Aragon, the widow after his brother Artur. It is suggested that Henry and Catherine conceived seven to nine offspring. Unfortunately, the only surviving heir was a daughter Mary. Because of the new dynasty Henry VIII needed a male heir. In the year 1523 it was obvious that Catherine would not be able to produce another child, Henry with his statesman cardinal Thomas Wolsey...

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