The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Queen Catherine also became a best-selling author . . . with the king's approval, of course. Her "Prayers and Meditations," an anthology work published in November 1545, was hailed by scholars and fired female education among the nobility. A second book, "The Lamentations of a Sinner," analyzed correct behavior for Christians, observing that married women "learn of St. Paul to be obedient to their husbands . . ."

As proof of his faith in Queen Catherine, Henry named her regent when he departed in July 1544 on yet another invasion of France. It was a role held by only one other of the king's wives, Catherine of Aragon, Yet, unlike her predecessor, Catherine Parr's letters did not boast of her own capability in his absence. Instead, she regularly assured the king of her love and reliance on his wisdom. (See In Her Own Words.)

It was a tactic that brought success. On his deathbed, Henry reportedly thanked God for sending him "so faithful a spouse" and declared to the assembled Privy Council that they should pay Catherine the colossal annuity of £7,000 and the possession of all her jewels as queen.

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