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  • Catherine of Aragon:Wife Number 1:1509-33
  • Anne Boleyn: Wife Number 2: 1533-36
  • Jane Seymour: Wife Number 3: 1536-37
  • This was Henry's first Wife.  She was a Spanish princess, once married to Henry's older brother.  She brought friendship with Spain.  Catherine was clever and popular.  All her male babies died but she had a daughter called Mary who survived.  Henry thought Catherine was old and boring when she reached 40 years of age.  He divorced her.
  • Anne of Cleves: Wife Number 4: 1540
  • Anne Boleyn was Henry's second wife.  She was and very fashionable.  Had a daughter, Elizabeth.  Henry sulked for weeks because he wanted a boy.  Henry accused Anne of having sex with four men and her brother(yes, her brother).  Despite no proof, she was beheaded in 1536
  • Catherine Howard: Wife Number 5: 1540-42
  • This was Henry's 2nd wife.  She was gentle and caring.  She tried hard to be friend's with Henrys daughters from his previous marriage.  She had what Henry had been waiting for a BABY BOY.  Jane died of an infection a few days after giving birth.
  • Catherine Parr: Wife 6: 1543-1547
  • This was Henrys 4th Wife.  Cleves was an area of what is now Germany, close to Flanders and France.  Henry only married Anne because it brought friendship between England, Wales and this powerful European Region.  She was serious and unfashionable.  Friends tried to teach her a few of Henry's favourite card games but she didn't understand. Henry had seen a painting of her and liked what he saw.  However, when he saw her for real , he described her as FAT MARE.  Henry divorced her.
  • This was Henry's 5th wife.  She was young, lively and very pretty.  She flirted with lots of men...THIS IS WHEN THINGS TURNED BAD.. Henry found out!  Henry was furious when he found a letter she sent to a lover finishing with the words ' Yours as long as life endures.'.  Henry also found out that she had several serious boyfriends before him.  He thought a Queen SHOULD NOT have a past like this so he executed her.
  • This was Henry's 6th wife.  She was sensible , intelligent and kind. She was a 31 year old widow.  Her family was delighted that the king had choosen her but she was frightened and a little worried due to the Kings bad temper and how cruel he was.  She was the ONLY WIFE THAT SURVIVED
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