Henry viii facts about his wives

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henry viii facts about his wives

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

A remarkable achievement by Alison Weir! A highly accurate historical fiction based on the wives of Henry the eighth.
Beginning with Katherine of Aragon, sent as wife to his elder brother Arthur, she was widowed after spending several months as the Princess of Wales. She was held for ransom by Henry the seventh in exchange for the remainder of her dowry. Her mother having died, King Ferdinand hadnt the money nor goods to fulfill his obligations. Henry VIII had promised marriage upon his age of maturity. Upon the death of his father, he married Katherine and truly loved her for over twenty years.
Anne Bolyn was raised in the French courts and was novel to the english. She had incredible charm and was to marry the next Duke of Northumberland. Cardinal wolsey, counselor to Henry prevented the marriage. After nine years of waiting, the Catholic church was in ruins and Henry was declared leader of the Church of England. They were married in secret after learning Anne was pregnant. The marriage was considered invalid. She was convicted of adultery and beheaded by swordsman from France in his love for her. She had been a lady in waiting to Katherine of Aragon.
Following Anne was Jane Seymour, a lady to Anne and completely opposite in character. Nine days after Annes death, the marriage took place. Since both Katherine and Anne were dead, this marriage was valid and shortly after delivering of a son she died of neglect and most probably peurpeural fever. Her son went on the be king.
Next was my favorite, Anne of Cleves. She was from a German Duchy and a good, kind and thoughtful woman. However, her size was unappealing to the king. Following this marriage, which was never consummated, she was offered the position of the kings most beloved sister , provided a generous income and Hampton Court. Of course she accepted, since as she said, she was enamored of her head.
Following these was young Katherine Howard, cousin of Anne Boleyn. She was an adulterous and foolish girl. Her main focus were the acquisition of gifts and sexual relations out of marriage. She was lady to Anne of Cleves.
Unlike Anne Boleyn, she was truly guilty of her crimes. Before being beheaded, she requested th block in order to practice.
She wanted her death to be done correctly.
His final wife was Catherine and she was never consummated in.marriage. She was more nurse than wife. She survived Henry and finally married her true love Thomas Seymour.
She died giving birth to his infant daughter.
Incredible history, in depth research and a wonderfully written learning experience. I highly recommend this book. It is a MUST READ!
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The six wives of King Henry VIII

Wikimedia Commons Catherine of Aragon. After his brother died, Henry obtained a papal dispensation to marry his wife, Catherine, as he had been in love with her for some time. For 23 years, Henry and Catherine remained married and produced a daughter named Mary. Several declarations given by him over the years professed undying love for her. He pleaded his case with Thomas More and claimed that since his wife had previously been married to his brother, his marriage was invalid. While many believed that he truly felt his marriage was impure and invalid, there were those who believed that Henry VIII actually left Catherine and the Catholic Church at the behest of the woman he had been hoping to make his mistress: Anne Boleyn. Mary Boleyn had had an affair with the king during his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and had been dismissed after consummating their union.

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Since completely university in England, Paul has worked as a bookseller, librarian and freelance writer. He currently lives in Florida. He played a key role in the the dramatic separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast. Catherine Parr outlived Henry and remarried after his death in The marriage was short-lived, however, and she died in , probably due to complications in giving birth to her only child, Mary Seymour.


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  2. Inogwarbo1973 says:

    Take a trip back in time to Tudor England in our Henry VIII wives feature. Meet the ladies that ruled beside King Henry VIII as Queen - and learn their fate.

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