Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in a small Tuscan town called Vinci that was near Florence. Most people know him for his skills as an artist and his many famous paintings. These paintings included the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and Virgin of the Rocks. An artist was only one of the activities that da Vinci was good at. He was known as the quintessential Renaissance man. Da Vinci was also a mathematician, inventor, sculptor, musician, and writer. Leonardo is stated to be one of the most diversely talented men maybe ever to be alive. He studied at the studio of Verrocchio in Florence in his younger years. Studying with Verrocchio he was introduced to many different challenges to ...view middle of the document...
He loved animals so much that it was reported that he would buy animals that were caged then set them free into the wild. He was also known to have invented the bicycle long before it was actually produced. Some people have also reported him as a homosexual because he never had a relationship with a woman, no kids, and was thought to have a relationship with Giacomo Salai who was claimed to be a homosexual. That was never proven to be true or false though.
Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 at the Clos Lucé, a mansion in Amboise, France. Towards the end of his life he lived in Rome where Michelangelo and Raphael were still working. His job he worked for Francis I of France in the king’s Chateau Amboise. Although he painted so much only about thirty of his paintings were actually released for the public to see. The rest were either burned or destroyed before they got out.
King Henry VIII was born on January 4, 1493 in Greenwich Palace. He became King of England on April 21, 1509 at the age of 17. He succeeded his father, Henry VII, and became the second monarch of the House of Tudor. He is most known for separating from the Roman Catholic Church and starting the Church of England in 1553. The main reason for this switch in religions is so that he could be the head of the church like the Pope so he could do whatever he wanted. Although he had changed the church he couldn’t change that he didn’t have a son to take over for him after he died until Jane Seymour, his third wife, gave him a boy.
One of the most known facts about Henry VIII was that he had six wives. His first wife was Catherine of Aragon who gave him a girl named Mary. Since Catherine was getting old King Henry VIII thought that she would not be able to produce him a boy to take over for him so he wanted to get a divorce. Since England was Catholic divorces were not allowed so he had to find away to get out of the marriage. The only way that he could get what he wanted would be to start his own church and put him in charge which led to the Church of England.
His second wife Anne Boleyn also could not give him and son and he had another daughter that was named Elizabeth. Since he had just had a divorce with Catherine he knew that he would not be able to have another one so he made up that Anne was cheating on him with another man. With this story he got Anne beheaded so that he would be free to have another wife. His next wife was Jane Seymour who finally gave Henry what he wanted having a boy named Prince Edwards, later to be Edward VI. The birth gave Queen Jane an infection and see ended up dying on October 24, 1537.
His fourth wife after Jane Seymour died was Anne of Cleves. Once Anne arrived in England King Henry was upset with her unattractive looks and divorced her. Next he married Anne Boleyn’s cousin Catherine Howard who Henry was very happy with. Soon after the marriage she was caught having an affair with Thomas Culpeper and was beheaded like her cousin....