The six wives of king Henry VIII

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The six wives of king Henry VIII

Henry was very upset when Jane died two weeks after having given birth to a son, Edward. On his deathbed, Henry requested to be buried next to Jane.

She was 19 and flirtatious, Henry was 49 and overweight.She was accused of adultery and subsequently executed in 1542.

The six wives of king Henry VIII

Divorced, beheaded, died; Divorced beheaded survivedThis popular rhyme tells of the fate of Henry VIII's six wives

1509

1533

1536

1540(January)

1540(July)

English History

Henry was horrified when he saw her and demanded that his ministers find him a way out of the marriage. The couple divorced amicably six months later. Anne was well provided for and lived out her days in England in comfort. She outlived Henry and died in 1557.

Mother of Elizabeth. She was accused of being unfaithful and plotting the death of the King. She was executed in May 1536.

Henry began the Reformation in England so that he could divorce Catherine without the Pope's permission and marry Anne Boleyn. Catherine was divorced by Henry in 1533 and died in 1536.

Catherine of Aragon

Anne Boleyn

1543

She came close to being tried for treason in 1546 when her enemies tried to prove that she was a committed Protestant. After Henry's death she married Edward's uncle, Thomas Seymour. She died in childbirth in 1548.

Jane Seymour

Kathryn Howard

Katherine Parr

Anne of Cleves


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  • aztecsarebetterthentheromans 7 years ago

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    Actually, the marriage to the first Catherine, from Spain, was never divorced. She was not bearing male children so Henry needed to divorce her, but that was not accepted in the Catholic church. So instead, Henry declared the marriage unholy. See, Catherine was first married to Henry's older brother, Prince Arthur, but after several short years of marriage, Arthur died and Henry married Catherine seven years later.
    Back to the original point, Henry needed to get rid of Catherine so that he could marry Anne. He claimed that their marriage was 'unlawful in the sight of God' because Catherine consummated her marriage with Arthur. He also referred to a text in Leviticus about not marrying your late brother's wife. Eventually, the Pope dismissed the marriage, or 'annulled' it, meaning that the marriage was apparently never valid in the first place.