When the eighteen-year-old Henry VIII became King of England, he was extremely popular, for he had all the qualities that his people admired.
Foreigners reported that he was the best-dressed king in Europe and that his chief interest was "girls and hunting", but this was only half the truth.
He distrusted foreigners,as most Englishmen did at that time; but he spoke three foreign languages. He was a first-class horseman and musician. He could discuss religion and ship-building with equal skill. He was a clever politician who trusted parliament and made full use of it.
Most important of all, he thoroughly understood the hearts and minds of his people. He ruled through the House of Commons, without an army, and his people remained loyal to him through all the difficult years of the Reformation.