Why were Henry VIII and Charles V enemies?

1 Answer
Feb 27, 2016

There were several reasons why these leaders were enemies.


  1. Henry VIII was divorcing Catherine of Aragon, Charles V's aunt. Charles was outraged and believed his aunt was being stripped of honor.
  2. They ruled different regions and were warring over land, colonies, and resources.
  3. Francis I of France tried to form alliances with Henri VIII, which outraged Charles.
  4. After the Duke of Milan died, both Charles and Henri argued about who should succeed him.
  5. Henri tried to marry Charles's niece. Though he failed, Charles was upset.
  6. Henri VIII and Charles V strengthened their military and took measures to protect themselves from each other, because they were afraid.