He believed in more play, less work. (6/17)

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Unlike his father Henry VII, who was renowned for his strong work ethic, Henry VIII believed it was important for a king to lead a grand and joyous life composed of doing what he wished and fancied. He believed not only that this was his privilege as a king, but also that it was his duty and what his subjects wished of him. However, this is not to say that he was absent in matters of state – far from it, in fact, as he was noted to have understood many aspects of government and participated as needed.

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He was an extreme traditionalist. (5/17)

He was not originally intended for the throne. (7/17)