The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirA 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!
King Henry VIII’s Wives — What Happened To All Of The King’s Consorts?
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.
Ready for a trip back in time? Hold onto your hats — and your heads! Together, Henry and Catherine had a daughter, Mary — but it was a son that Henry wanted. Frustrated that Catherine seemed unable to produce a male heir to the throne, Henry had their marriage annulled cancelled in By this time, Anne was pregnant with her first child to Henry, and by June she was crowned Queen of England. Together they had a daughter, Elizabeth — the future Queen Elizabeth I. Frustrated, he believed his marriage was cursed and that Anne was to blame.
Wikimedia CommonsThe second of Henry VIII's wives, Anne Boleyn. After beheading his second wife, Henry VIII moved on to one of her ladies in waiting, Jane Seymour, Surprisingly, Anne of Cleves agreed to the annulment and was of her title of queen, Henry had Catherine Howard beheaded.
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Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived!
Henry VIII is best known for his six wives. Everyone recognises his portrait: a fat, larger-than-life individual, wearing clothes set with jewels and sporting a neat red beard. This is Henry in later life: in his youth he was handsome and athletic, the most eligible prince in Europe. Henry was also a complex man: intelligent, boisterous, flamboyant, extravagant. Athletic, musical, a poet. Ruthless, arrogant, passionate. The decisions that Henry made during his reign were to shape modern Britain.
Famed for having six wives, Henry VIII's love life is today the subject of much scholarship and speculation. But what do we know about the king's extra-marital liaisons — the mistresses who shared his bed? Here, Amy Licence investigates. Popular history is so well versed in the six wives of Henry VIII that they require little introduction. From the colourful bodice-ripper series The Tudors —10 to the flickering candlelight of Wolf Hall , we are reminded of the old mantra we learned at school: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. We might also be forgiven for thinking that the king was so busy keeping up with the women to whom he was legally united that he had little time for any others.
Charismatic and extravagant, his reign lasted nearly 39 years, and was marked by radical changes to the English constitution, expansion of royal power and the breaking with the Catholic Church through the English Reformation. But he is perhaps most famous for having six wives. Two of the marriages were declared annulled with the first annulment leading to Henry being excommunicated from the Catholic Church , while two of his wives were beheaded. Catherine is best known today for her role in the sparking of the Reformation. While the issue was being debated, Catherine was held a virtual prisoner with little money to her name. Two years later, Catherine married Henry VIII — who was five years her junior — shortly after he had ascended the throne. When Henry tried to have his marriage to Catherine annulled so that he could marry Anne, the pope refused, thus prompting the king to assume supremacy over religious matters and turn his back on the Catholic Church.