Henry VIII might not have been the best husband ever (he wasn’t) and he might have been crabby (he was) and morbidly obese in his later years (a true fact), but he did accomplish some neat stuff. Admittedly, he was also kind of a jackass, so this is a somewhat charitable perspective.
1.) Bibliophile king. In addition to owning a bunch of books, he also wrote – and published – one himself.
2.) He was one of the founders of the Royal Navy. He DODECATUPLED the number of ships during his reign. That’s so big I needed to make up a conjugation. Its navy has proven pretty key to England on multiple occasions.
3.) Whether Catholic or Protestant, it’s pretty great that he allowed the Bible to be translated into English, for comprehension by the masses. He was the first monarch to do this. (Granted, the number of English-speaking countries limited his competition, but still! Bible! English! 16th century!)
4.) His coat of arms includes a red dragon.
5.) Via his Act of Succession, his son and two daughters succeeded him. I think it’s pretty great that he recognized his daughters, as the younger one was a pretty stellar monarch.