He Had How Many Wives?

December 9, 2011

King Henry VIII of England is one of the most memorable monarchs in British history.  Ms. Clark's Honors World History class recently played "The Wife Game" to discover just how memorable this man truly was.  Each student was given a role to play (King Henry, one of his wives, or his one of his children) and, as the story unfolded, introduced their character to the class and explained their connection to King Henry.  The class constructed a family tree and discovered that this King had six different wives throughout his reign; he divorced two wives, he beheaded two wives, he lost one wife in childbirth, and he died shortly into his sixth and final marriage.  The soap opera style story is one of history's favorites and helped the Honors World History class answer the age old  question, "He had how many wives?"