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The wives of Henry VIII

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  • 1. The Wives of Henry VIII  
  • 2. Catherine of Aragon
      • Henry's older brother Arthur's widow
      •   Youngest surviving child of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castille
      • Married to Arthur and then Henry to seal a marital Alliance between Spain and England
      • On 23 May 1533, marriage to Henry VIII was declared null and void
      • Daughter, Mary, was declared illegitimate.
  • 3. Anne Boleyn
      • Made Henry pursue an annulment of his marriage to Catherine
      •   Henry's secretary, William Knight, was sent to Pope Clement VII to sue for the annulment.
      •   Wedding service was held in London on 25 January 1533.
      • Crowned Queen on 1 June 1533
      •   The queen gave birth to a daughter on 7 September 1533. The child was christened Elizabeth.
      • She was accused of adultery, incest and high treason.
      •   On 19 May 1536, she was executed,
  • 4. Jane Seymour
      • Became engaged to Henry the day after Anne's execution and married 10 days later.
      •   In 1537, Jane gave birth to a son, Prince Edward, the future Edward VI
      • Died on 24 October 1537 from an infection after giving birth.
  • 5. Anne of Cleves
      • Hans Holbein the Younger was dispatched to Cleves to paint a portrait of Anne for the king
      •   After regarding Holbein's portrayal Henry agreed to wed Anne.
      •   On Anne's arrival in England, Henry is said to have found her utterly unattractive, privately calling her a "Flanders Mare".
      •   Henry wished to annul the marriage so he could marry another.
      •   The marriage was subsequently dissolved and Anne received the title of "The King's Sister", and was granted Hever Castle.
  • 6. Catherine Howard
      • On 28 July 1540, Henry married the young Catherine Howard.
      • Soon after the marriage Catherine had an affair with Thomas Culpeper and her former fiance Francis Dereham.
      •   Catherine was executed 15 February 1542.
  • 7. Catherine Parr
      • Married Henry in 1543.
      • She helped reconcile Henry with his first two daughters, the Lady Mary and the Lady Elizabeth.

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