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April 21,1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.

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Henry VIII shown on a visit to his son Prince Edward, who was raised away from court from an early age. The prince, born in 1537, is seen in a walking frame.

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Field armor of Henry VIII of England about 1544...so about three years before his death. Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_VIII_armor_by_Matthew_Bisanz.JPG at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, USA.

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Erasmus of Rotterdam visiting the children of Henry VII at Eltham Palace in 1499 and presenting Prince Henry (the future Henry VIII) with a written tribute. Detail of oil painting in the East Corridor of the Palace of Westminster, London.

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After Henry took his dead brother Arthur's bride the foundations were laid for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history. He was the perfect Renaissance prince, but his first wife Katherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir brought out his darker side and led to his dismantling of the established church in England. By the time of his death, he had married six times.

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