Henry the Vlll

How was he a Machiavellian

How he meets the Criteria

Henry the Vlll was a Machiavellian because he would do what ever he could to accumulate as much power as possible. He would do anything, not caring about what other people thought, for power.

Brief Biography

Henry the VIII was the king of England. He had seven siblings but four died at child birth. He had six wives, and he took over the church. He got rid of monasteries for money


Esler, Anthony. "Chapter 13 Section 4." World History Volume 1. By Elisabeth Ellis. N.p.: Prentice Hall, 2011. N. pag. Print.
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Henry the eight did many things a Machiavellian would do. The first I am going to talk about is trying to get an annulment for his marriage to Catherine from the pope as seen in the above image. He wanted to annul his marriage because his wife could not have could not have a son so he would have no male heir to the throne. Unfortunately for Henry the pope would not do it because he was worried that it might cause a problem with Catherine's nephew Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. This shows that he is a Machiavellian because he was willing to divorce his wife just to have a chance at having a son.
The second event I'm going to talk about builds off of the first one. Henry VIII decided to take over the Church of England. He appointed Thomas Cranmer archbishop and soon after granted the annulment. After that he got married to Anne Boleyn. This shows he is a Machiavellian because he would take over the church just to get an annulment and have a son
The last event I'm going to talk about is Henry VIII would get rid of monasteries and grant them to nobles but also keep a large sum for himself. He did this to gain support from the nobles. This would get rid of the enemy as well as get him money. This shows he is Machiavellian because he got rid of many religious people to gain power.