Catherine was a Spanish princess, once married to Henry's older brother. She brought friendship with Spain. She was clever and popular. All of her male babies died but she had a daughter called Mary who survived. Henry thought Catherine was old and boring when she reached 40 so he divorced her.
Anne of Cleves 1540
Anne was young, sexy and very fashionable. She made Henry wait for sex until he married her. She had a daughter, Elizabeth. Henry sulked for weeks because he wanted a boy. Anne miscarried a boy in 1536. Henry accused Anne of having sex with four men and her brother. Despite no proof she was beheaded in 1536.
Catherine Howard 1540-42
Jane was calm, gentle and caring. She tried hard to be friends with Henry's daughters . She made Henry wait for sex until they were married. Jane had a son, Edward. Henry was delighted to have a son at last. Jane died of an infection a few days after the birth. When Henry died he was buried next to her.
Catherine Parr 1543
Cleves was an area of what is now Germany, close to Flanders and France. Henry married Anne because it brought friendship between England, Wales and this powerful European region. She was serious and unfashionable. Henry had seen a painting of her and liked what he saw. However when he saw her for real he called her a fat horse.
Catherine was young lively and very pretty. She flirted with lots of men and Henry found out. She once finished off a letter to her lover with the words, " Yours as long as life endures, " Henry was furious. Henry also found out she had several serious boyfriends before she met him. A queen should not have a past like this. She was executed.
Catherine was sensible, intelligent and kind. She was Henry's wife when he passed away. Their marriage was organised. She cared for Henry when he was ill.