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Engraving of Henry VIII not long before his death at age 56. (He was married to Catherine Parr, his sixth and last wife.)

King Henry VIII. You won't hear me say too many good things about this chap, but I do have to say that God used him to bring about one of the most important events in history: the English Reformation.

Elizabeth Amadas (died 1532) was a lady at the royal court of King Henry VIII of England who was accused of treason. She had described Anne Boleyn as a harlot, and said that she should be burnt. She also said that the King, by setting aside Katherine of Aragon for a younger woman, was encouraging the men of England to do the same. She later was released but didn´t recover her position at court. She was also the target of the Kings relentless advances, but never stated if she gave in.

Sketch of Margaret Tudor, Henry VIII's older sister. She married into the Scottish royal family, which is where James VI of Scotland got his claim to the English throne after Elizabeth I died.

William Shakespeare (Baptism April 26,1564; died April 23,1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He enjoyed the Royal patronage of Elizabeth I. Painting now purported to be of Master William Shakespeare, known as the 'Cobbe portrait'.