The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Anne Boleyn | 1501?-1536
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t the time of Anne's marriage to King Henry, she was already three months pregnant. Although the king married Anne for love, the new queen knew that her status was contingent on her ability to bear the king a son -- the deed at which Catherine of Aragon had failed. When Anne gave birth in 1533, the king was disappointed but still had hopes that Anne would bear him a son. Letters announcing the birth of a prince, prepared before hand had to be altered with an additional "s" before being sent abroad. Ironically, the baby Princess

Lady Elizabeth
Elizabeth would go on to become one of England's greatest monarchs as Elizabeth I. Although Anne would conceive twice more, both her pregnancies ended in stillbirth -- in 1534 and 1536.

The baby stillborn in January 1536 was a boy and it was then the dismayed king cried, "I see God will not give me male children." The king now doubted Anne's ability to bear him sons. It was time to look elsewhere for his heir and the prospect of Anne's maid-of-honor Jane Seymour beckoned.

ELIZABETH I (1533 - 1603)

After Anne and Henry's marriage was ruled invalid, Elizabeth, like her older half-sister Mary, was declared a bastard. Stripped of her title, she was called, simply, Lady Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth was only two years old at the time,she noted the difference and asked Sir John Shelton,
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Above: Lady Elizabeth by William Scrots

Intro Background Why choose this wife? Role as queen King vs. queen Love Life Children Ultimate fate