Henry VIII Wives

Henry VIII Wives

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  • Catherine of Aragon 1509 - 1533
  • Anne Boleyn 1533 - 1536
  • Jane Seymour 1536 - 1537
  • A Spanish princess who was married to Henry's older brother, but married Henry when her first husband died. she was clever and popular. All of her sons died but she had a daughter who survived called Mary. Henry thought Catherine was old and boring when she reached 40 years old, so he divorced her.
  • Anne of Cleves 1540
  • Said to be young and fashionable. Had a daughter, Elizabeth I. Henry sulked as he wanted an heir. She miscarried a baby boy in 1536. Henry accused her of having sex with 5 other men. Without any proof, she was beheaded in 1536.
  • Catherine Howard 1540 - 1542
  • Calm, gentle and caring. She desperately tried to befriend Henry's daughters. Had a son, Edward, and Henry was delighted. Jane died of an infection a few days after Edward's birth.
  • Catherine Parr 1543 - 1547
  • Henry married her because it brought friendship between England, Wales and Cleeves (Germany). She was serious and unfashionable. Friends tried to teach her some of Henry's favourite card games, but she didn't understand them. Henry saw a painting of her and liked it. Whenever she arrived, henry compared her to a fat mare / horse. Henry divorced her.
  • Young, lively and pretty. She flirted with lots of men. She finished a letter with 'yours as long as life endures' and Henry was furious. Henry found out she had several boyfriends before becoming queen. She was executed. 
  • A sensible, intelligent and kind 31 year old widow. She was Henry's sixth wife. She is worried and frightened that she has to marry Henry, taking in to account what has happened to his past five wives. They got married on the 12th of July, 1543. Henry died on the 28th of January, 1547. She remarried that same year.
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