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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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hildless herself, Anne of Cleves would form a particularly strong bond with the king's oldest daughter, Mary.

Catherine of Aragon's very religious daughter had been at first alarmed when news had reached her of her father's betrothal to Anne of Cleves, whom she saw as a Lutheran heretic. But the two women would form a close connection. Mary would play a large role in converting Anne to Catholicism (not a momentous conversion since Anne's anchoring in Lutheranism was not firm). Anne took part in Mary's coronation in 1553

and would name the queen executrix of her will, bequeathing her a jewel and the responsibility of ensuring that her servants were paid.

Though references to Anne's interaction with Henry's prized son and heir, Edward, are few, they indicate the same degree of friendly overture. A few months after her wedding, Anne ordered a crimson bonnet with gold buttons and a feather to be made for the three-year-old prince.

Queen Anne was also reportedly much taken with the precocious seven-year-old Elizabeth, declared a bastard after her mother Anne Boleyn's execution. Shortly after Anne's wedding, the Lady Elizabeth (as she was called) wrote her new step-mother to declare "the zeal with which I devote my respect to you as queen, and my entire obedience to you as my mother." Henry VIII rebuffed an accompanying request to come to court, but Anne would not forget Elizabeth. Her will charged that she be left the former queen's second-best jewel.


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