The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Faced with a choice between her own inclinations and what she perceived as duty, Catherine opted for duty. In a letter to Seymour, she wrote, "[M]y mind was fully bent to marry you before any man I knew. Howbeit, God . . made that possible which seemed to me most impossible." It would be four years before Catherine Parr could marry the love of her life.

Catherine's Rivals

By the time of his marriage to Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sexual appetite had slackened. The new queen had no outright rivals.

Shortly before the king's death, however, a plot was uncovered to replace Queen Catherine with the king's daughter-in-law, Mary, Duchess of Richmond, the wife of his late illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy. Mary was the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, a professional schemer who had advanced both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard into the king's arms. Under interrogation, Mary Richmond implicated both her brother and father in a plot to marry her to Thomas Seymour and hence become the king's mistress, then wife. Both father and son were sent to the Tower and executed on charges of treason.


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