King Henry VIII was born at Greenwich Palace on June 28th 1491. After his brother died in 1502 he became heir and reigned from April 1509 through January 1547. He is responsible for the break between England and the Roman Catholic Church in 1534. Following the break Henry forms the Church of England.
King Henry began the reformation after Pope clement VII denied his request to divorce his wife. After he was denied he decided that with the backing of the clergy and parliament he did not need the popes permission. After his marriage was annulled he announced that Catherine's daughter Mary was not his legitimate heir and named his next wife Anne Boleyn's daughter Elizabeth the heir to the throne. This spilt of the Church and England led to the creation of the Church of England.