Henry viii facts about his wives

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

A remarkable achievement by Alison Weir! A highly accurate historical fiction based on the wives of Henry the eighth.
Beginning with Katherine of Aragon, sent as wife to his elder brother Arthur, she was widowed after spending several months as the Princess of Wales. She was held for ransom by Henry the seventh in exchange for the remainder of her dowry. Her mother having died, King Ferdinand hadnt the money nor goods to fulfill his obligations. Henry VIII had promised marriage upon his age of maturity. Upon the death of his father, he married Katherine and truly loved her for over twenty years.
Anne Bolyn was raised in the French courts and was novel to the english. She had incredible charm and was to marry the next Duke of Northumberland. Cardinal wolsey, counselor to Henry prevented the marriage. After nine years of waiting, the Catholic church was in ruins and Henry was declared leader of the Church of England. They were married in secret after learning Anne was pregnant. The marriage was considered invalid. She was convicted of adultery and beheaded by swordsman from France in his love for her. She had been a lady in waiting to Katherine of Aragon.
Following Anne was Jane Seymour, a lady to Anne and completely opposite in character. Nine days after Annes death, the marriage took place. Since both Katherine and Anne were dead, this marriage was valid and shortly after delivering of a son she died of neglect and most probably peurpeural fever. Her son went on the be king.
Next was my favorite, Anne of Cleves. She was from a German Duchy and a good, kind and thoughtful woman. However, her size was unappealing to the king. Following this marriage, which was never consummated, she was offered the position of the kings most beloved sister , provided a generous income and Hampton Court. Of course she accepted, since as she said, she was enamored of her head.
Following these was young Katherine Howard, cousin of Anne Boleyn. She was an adulterous and foolish girl. Her main focus were the acquisition of gifts and sexual relations out of marriage. She was lady to Anne of Cleves.
Unlike Anne Boleyn, she was truly guilty of her crimes. Before being beheaded, she requested th block in order to practice.
She wanted her death to be done correctly.
His final wife was Catherine and she was never consummated in.marriage. She was more nurse than wife. She survived Henry and finally married her true love Thomas Seymour.
She died giving birth to his infant daughter.
Incredible history, in depth research and a wonderfully written learning experience. I highly recommend this book. It is a MUST READ!
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Why Did The King Of England Execute His Wives?

One of England's most famous rulers, Henry VIII was a difficult and complex man, who's obsession with getting a male heir for his throne.
Alison Weir

Wives of King Henry VIII

I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die. But what everyone remembers about Henry is dude had, like, a bunch of wives. Six to be exact. One died in childbirth. Two, he divorced.

Since completely university in England, Paul has worked as a bookseller, librarian and freelance writer. He currently lives in Florida. He played a key role in the the dramatic separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast. Catherine Parr outlived Henry and remarried after his death in The marriage was short-lived, however, and she died in , probably due to complications in giving birth to her only child, Mary Seymour. Towards the end of his life, Henry ate 13 dishes each day, which included meats such as pork, rabbit, and game.

Henry VIII is one of England's best-known monarchs. Another of Henry's wives died after giving birth to his only son, while his final wife, The king's change of heart was likely due to the fact that, like Catherine, Anne also.
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Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's Fourth Wife

Ready for a trip back in time? Hold onto your hats — and your heads! Together, Henry and Catherine had a daughter, Mary — but it was a son that Henry wanted. Frustrated that Catherine seemed unable to produce a male heir to the throne, Henry had their marriage annulled cancelled in By this time, Anne was pregnant with her first child to Henry, and by June she was crowned Queen of England. Together they had a daughter, Elizabeth — the future Queen Elizabeth I. Frustrated, he believed his marriage was cursed and that Anne was to blame.

Charismatic and extravagant, his reign lasted nearly 39 years, and was marked by radical changes to the English constitution, expansion of royal power and the breaking with the Catholic Church through the English Reformation. But he is perhaps most famous for having six wives. Two of the marriages were declared annulled with the first annulment leading to Henry being excommunicated from the Catholic Church , while two of his wives were beheaded. Catherine is best known today for her role in the sparking of the Reformation. While the issue was being debated, Catherine was held a virtual prisoner with little money to her name.


  1. Samir R. says:

    Take a trip back in time to Tudor England in our Henry VIII wives feature. Meet the ladies that ruled beside King Henry VIII as Queen - and learn their fate.

  2. Agostina R. says:

    1. The First Of Henry VIII’s Wives: Catherine of Aragon

  3. Burnell B. says:

    In common parlance, the wives of Henry VIII were the six queens consort wedded to Henry . both Mary's and Elizabeth's line in succession for the throne, despite the fact that they had both been made illegitimate by divorce or remarriage.

  4. Mark E. says:

    Henry VIII is one of the most memorable kings in English history. He was the father of easy being queen. Here are 42 tragic facts about the wives of Henry VIII.

  5. Laila G. says:

    Wikimedia Commons Catherine of Aragon.

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