Of all losses, time is the most irrecuperable for it can never be redeemed.
— Henry VIII

Henry VIII was King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death. He was the 2nd Tudor monarch, succeeding his father, Henry VII.

Henry is best known for his 6 marriages, and his efforts to have his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, annulled. His disagreement with the question of such an annulment led Henry to initiate to the English Reformation, reforming the Church of England to papal authority. He appointed himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England and dissolved converts and monasteries. Despite his dissolving excommunication, Henry remained a believer in core Catholic theological teachings.

Apart from permanent garrisons at Berwick, Calais, and Carlisle, England's standing army numbered only a few hundred men. This was increased only slightly by Henry. Henry's invasion force in 1513, some 30,000 men, was composed of billmen and longbowmen. at a time when the other European nations were moving to handguns and pikemen. The difference in capability was not significant, however, and Henry's forces had new armour and weaponry. They were also supported by battlefield artillery and the war wagon, relatively new innovations, and several large and expensive siege guns. The invasion force of 1544 was similarly well equipped and organized, although command on the battlefield, was laid with the Dukes of Suffolk and Norfolk, which in the case of the latter produced disastrous results at Montreuil.

Henry is traditionally cited as one of the founders of the Royal Navy. Technologically, Henry invested in large cannons for his warships, an idea that had taken hold in other countries. to replace the smaller serpentines in use. He also flirted with designing ships personally - although his contributions to larger vessels if any, is not known, it is believed that he influenced rowbarges and similar galleys. Henry was also responsible for the creation of a permanent Navy, with supporting anchorages and dockyards. Tactically, Henry's reign saw the Navy move away from boarding tactics to employ gunnery instead. The Tudor Navy was enlarged up to 50 ships (the Mary Rose was one of them) and Henry was responsible for the establishment of the "council for Marine causes" to specifically oversee all the maintenance and operation of the Navy, becoming the basis for the later Admiralty.

Battle vs. Ivan the Terrible (by Impaler5150)

King Henry VIII is in the middle of witnessing a number of executions that he ordered while 4 of his English knights are looking on. Ivan the Terrible manages to get 4 of his Oprichniki soldiers out of the Tower of London before they faced the same fate. One of Henry's knights catches Ivan ans his men attempting to flee, so he fires off the Holy Water sprinkler, wounding the lead soldier. Henry VIII orders everyone into hiding. An English knight fores the breech hunting gun, killing the wounded Oprichniki (5-4).

Ivan orders the bardiche-wielding soldier to attack, but the Holy Water sprinkler also goes at him, but as the Sprinkler soldier goes to stab, he is cleaved at the left chest, flailing it and killing the knight (4-4).

The English knight with the breech hunting gun fires, killing the bardiche soldier with a shot right between the eyes (4-3).

In retaliation, Ivan demands for the paschal soldier to fire at the breech gun holder, shooting him through the chest, killing him instantly (3-3).

Henry VIII initiates himself into the battle, and with his ceremonial sword, hacks at an Oprichniki soldier with the paschal, killing him as he went for the 2nd shot (3-2).

Ivan now joins in, killing Henry VIII's right-hand knight, slicing his face in half with the sablia (2-2).

Each of Ivan and Henry's one remaining men picks up the mid-range weapons, and goes at each other. The Oprichniki guy cuts off the English knight's right arm,but is somehow stabbed dead with the Holy Water sprinkler(1-2)

As the bardiche warrior is down, Henry impales him with the ceremonial sword (1-1).

Ivan the Terrible and Henry VIII finally square off. Both men wound each other with their respective swords, but Ivan was starting to bleed out, so Henry VIII executes Ivan by beheaded him (0-1).

Expert's Opinion

Henry VIII was victorious due to his armor and financial and mental stability.

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