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
Role As Queen
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When the ailing king was depressed and irritable, Catherine dutifully attended him. She ignored the pus-oozing ulcers on his leg and the smells it emitted. In time, the king would have reprieve from his bad leg and went out riding and hunting.

Unlike her cousin Anne Boleyn, Catherine did not meddle in Henry's political affairs and displayed no interest in religious issues. Her most assertive moment came in the spring of 1541 when she helped two prisoners held in the Tower of London.

Catherine Howard

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, an elderly noblewoman of Plantagenet stock with a valid claim to the throne, had been imprisoned for nearly two years and suffered through harsh winters without adequate clothing. With Henry's permission, Catherine sent the countess a variety of warm clothes, all purchased at her own expense.

The queen also bravely asked Henry VIII to pardon the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt, a former admirer of Anne Boleyn. Wyatt, a frequent Tower prisoner, had been incarcerated for his association with Henry's former secretary, Thomas Cromwell, who has fallen out of favor for his role in engineering the king's marriage to Anne of Cleves and had since been executed. At his wife's request, Henry pardoned Wyatt, but insisted that he reunite with his estranged and unfaithful wife.

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