Across his six wives, he had only three children. (4/17)

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Technically, there were more, however all were either stillborn or died very shortly after birth. All three children that outlived him, however, would go on to rule England after his death. Edward VI, who died shortly after his father of tuberculosis, Mary I (more popularly known as ‘Bloody Mary) who is best known for her vigorous attempt to reverse the English reformation, and the most celebrated, Elizabeth I. Elizabeth would rule for a long 45 years in what would become known as the Elizabethan era, and under her reign the country would prosper like never before. Known to history as one of England’s greatest monarchs, she far surpassed her father’s expectations that England would never accept a female monarch.

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He was very athletic and an able sportsman. (3/17)

He was an extreme traditionalist. (5/17)