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'HENRY VIII by Axelle DIBAS FRANCK' reading comprehension
Henry VIII was born in Greenwich on June 28th 1491; he was the second son of Henri VII. When his brother, Arthur died he attained the throne in 1509.
Henry was a very intelligent person:
_ he spoke a lot of languages (English, French, Latin and Spanish)
_he played a lot of instruments very well.
_he was a good writer...
He tried to maintain good relationships with France and Spain.
He got married with the aunt of Charles Quint, Catherine of Aragon but asked for divorce shortly after. It was refused to him by the Church.
Henry VIII then opposed to the Pope and had a divorce pronounced in 1533.
He loved Anne Boleyn and had her crowned soon after. He only had daughters so he killed his wife without pity and got married with Jane Seymour.
She gave birth to his first son, Edward VI, who succeeded to him when he died.
Henry VIII is regarded as the founder of Anglicanism. He got married two other times.
In 2003, Henry VIII would have appeared in the form of a spirit in one of his castles. Those who supervised this castle heard alarms but the door was closed. Some tourists say they saw this spirit. There are pictures and videos showing the apparition of this king in the palace. This story interested a lot of experts and the majority of them said that they believed it extremely possible that it was Henry VIII.It may be true or false but the videos and the photos are very very realistic and they succeeded in frightening a lot of people who had nightmares after seeing them.
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