Description of Figure/Doll

King Henry VIII doll. His head and torso are made from rubber, and he has plastic arms and legs. He is wearing a red velvet hat with white fur and pearl trim. His coat is also red velvet with white fur, and it has gold trim. Henry has a medal on a gold chain around his neck, and a sword on his belt. His tunic is made from a beige knit, with a lace collar, and it is trimmed with metallic ribbon. His knickers match his tunic, and he is wearing white knit stockings. Stand says “Six times married in search of a son and heir to the throne of England.” England is now a part of the British United Kingdom. King Henry is wearing garments customary for the British culture at that time.

England: United Kingdom

Location: Europe

Capital: London

Main language: English

Currency: British Pound

Figure/Doll

Construction: rubber, plastic

Height in Centimeters: 20

Height in Inches: 8

The Story of Henry VIII: The English King Who Longed for a Son

Reading Level: 4.80

My name is Henry, actually, it’s King Henry the 8th (VIII). I had an older brother (Albert) who should have been the next king. However, Albert died when he was 16, and I became King of England when our father (King Henry VII) died.

I was a very active king, I loved to hunt, play music, and write poetry. I was also a very strong and spoiled king. With my power, I always found a way to get what I wanted. What I wanted most was to have a son. I wanted a strong boy who could be a powerful king when I died.

As it turned out, having a healthy son was something that all of my power could not control. First, I married a Spanish Princess (Katherine of Aragon). We were married many years, but she only had one child, and it was a girl (Princess Mary). When Katherine became too old to have more children, I divorced her.

Then, I married a young woman named Anne Boleyn. She got pregnant right away, but the baby was another girl (Princess Elizabeth). After three years, I got tired of waiting for a son. Also, I heard Anne had other boyfriends. So, I gave the order to kill her, and the guards chopped her head off. I felt no regrets because I really wanted to have a baby boy.

I then married Jane Seymour. Miraculously, she had a baby boy, and we named him Prince Edward. I was so happy! However, Edward was not a strong boy, and I was afraid he would not be a strong king. In addition, Jane died, so I looked around for another wife.

Next, I married Anne of Cleves from Germany. However, I soon realized I made a terrible mistake because I didn’t speak German and I really didn’t like her. I quickly divorced her.

My next wife (number five) was very young. Her name was Katherine Howard. What a beautiful, young Queen she was! By this time, though, I was very old and fat. Soon she was flirting with all the handsome young men at the royal court. I was furious and had her head chopped off.

By now, my health was so bad that I could barely move. I was married one last time to Catherine Paar. We never had children, but she took care of me. Four years later, I died and my young son, Edward, became King of England. He only lived a few years, then Princess Mary ruled for a short time, followed by Princess Elizabeth. Although I tried so hard to have a son, it turned out that my daughter, Queen Elizabeth, was one of the best rulers that England ever had!


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