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King Henry VIII. Source: murdocksimages / Adobe Stock.

Early Warning Signs of Henry VIII’s Instability (Video)


Henry VIII's ascent to the throne marked a significant shift from his father's reign. The death of Henry VII freed the 17-year-old prince from paternal constraints, setting the stage for a transformation from a gentle prince to a tyrannical king. Swift actions, like imprisoning advisors Epson and Dudley, and a hasty marriage to Catherine of Aragon, signaled a departure from his father's approach. The pace and decisiveness illustrated a new world order, with the King's men playing pivotal roles. These advisors, including the Duke of Norfolk, Charles Brandon, and the Duke of Buckingham, shaped Henry's views and destiny.

Loyalty brought rewards, but outlasting their purpose led to ruthless destruction. The regime's extension into the Privy Council solidified Henry's control, with advisors more aligned with his vision. The gruesome facets of his personality emerged, transforming the once gentle prince into the brutal tyrant history remembers. The early warning signs of instability were apparent, foreshadowing a turbulent reign fueled by power, marriages, and executions.

Top image: King Henry VIII. Source: murdocksimages / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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