The break with Rome set England apart from continental Europe. It was born of personal desires rather than matters of principle.
Was Henry VIII a good-natured buffoon or an egotistical tyrant? Your answer is likely to depend on which cinematic portrayal you have seen most recently.
Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong?
Gilbert John Millar describes how the foreign contingents employed by Henry VIII eventually became the mainstay of his military establishment.
C.G. Cruickshank describes how, having captured Tournai, the twenty-two-year-old king indulged his taste for sport and pageantry.
C.G. Cruickshank describes bows and fire-arms in the early sixteenth century.
The first of two articles by C.G. Cruickshank describing logistics and pageantry in the reign of King Henry VIII.
Would a new Act in Restraint of Appeals such as Henry VIII enacted against Rome in 1533 achieve a similar objective for Eurosceptics today of ‘repatriating powers’ from the EU? asks Stephen Cooper.
John Matusiak pricks the imperial pretension of the monarch who came to the throne 500 years ago
By positioning him firmly within the changing context of his times, Lucy Wooding sees coherence in Henry VIII’s religious policies.