The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Catherine Howard | 1525?-1542
Role As Queen
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Queen's Motto:
No Other Will But His
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Catherine Howard

ueen for a mere 18 months, Catherine Howard, who grew up poor, would be best remembered for her love of luxury and pleasure. She enjoyed the masques and balls at court and danced with men while Henry, unable to partner her, looked on. She relished being indulged by her husband and basked in the attention she received from everyone at court. Anne of Cleves, now known as the king's "sister," visited Catherine and knelt before her with gifts. In one instance, the two women danced the night away while Henry, with his abscessed leg retired to bed.

Catherine's husband was not only generous to her but to her family. Henry would name Catherine's brother a member of the Privy Council. In return, Catherine, although not in love with Henry, was affectionate and caring towards her generous older husband. She shared her bed with the obese king who was observed always "marvelously excessive in eating and drinking."

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