Refrigerator magnet pictures the most recognized king in history - Henry VIII of England.
Henry ruled as king of England from April 21, 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547. He was crowned on June 24, 1509.
He assumed the throne upon the death of his father and at his death passed it to his young son, Edward VI.
Henry is best known for his difficulty in providing the crown with a male heir. During his thirty-eight year monarchy he had six wives, of which two were beheaded and the marriages to two others were annulled. When Pope Clement VII refused to annul the marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry named himself head of the Church of England, asserting that kings had divine rights. This freed him to select a new queen expected to be more fertile, Anne Boleyn. The schism with the Catholic church in Rome contributed to the Protestant Reformation.