Henry VIII took throne after his brother's unexpected death in 1502. But it wasn't until seven years later in 1509 when he acceded to the throne. Prior to his brother's death and to his heir he married his brother's widow, Catherine of Aragon. In the midst of his reign he published a book defending Catholic teaching against Martin Luther's actions. He then beheaded his then wife because she did not give him a son. After he beheaded his first wife, he then proceeded to Anne Boleyn. King Henry VIII was then announced as the head of the Church of England. Thereafter he followed the suppression of Catholic monasteries throughout Europe. A few years later Anne Boleyn was executed on the grounds of marital infidelity. Yet again Henry remarried this time to Jane Seymour. She died after giving birth to the kings only son. Once she died he went on to marry his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. With this marriage he hoped to attach German Protestant interests to those of England. This marriage only lasted six months. Henry then married two more times, first with Katherine Howard who was executed for marital infidelity. Second with his last wife Katherine Parr, to which she outlived Henry VIII. Henry died in 1547 and he was succeeded by his son, Edward VI.