(1491 - 1547)
Henry VIII in 1509 married his dead brother’s wife Catherine of Aragon, whose seven pregnancies failed to produce for him a male heir. In 1533 he annulled the marriage and married Anne Boleyn, dissolving ties with the papacy and becoming the head of the Church of England one year later. Boleyn did not bear an heir either, and so he charged her with treason. His third wife died in childbirth, his fourth was divorced before the marriage was consummated, his fifth was also beheaded for treason and adultery, and his sixth outlived him.