Published on October 5, 2007
Henry VIII wives: Henry VIII wives 1509-1537 Katherine of Aragon: Katherine of Aragon 16th December 1485 to 7th January 1536 Youngest surviving child of the ‘Catholic Kings’ of Spain. Age 3, promised to Henry VII eldest son Prince Arthur. Age 16, married Prince Arthur until he died 6 months later. Age 23, married King Henry VIII on June 11th 1509 in Greyfriars Church, Greenwich. Age 30, gave birth to Princess Mary. Age 47, King Henry divorced her to marry Anne Boleyn. Died 7th January 1536 of a broken heart, aged 50. Anne Boleyn: Anne Boleyn 1501/02 to 19th May 1536 We don’t know her date of birth, it is guessed to be 1501/02. She was a lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII sister in France. She apparently had an extra finger on her left hand. Aged about 31, she married King Henry VIII on January 25th 1533 in Westminster Abbey. Aged about 31, she gave birth to Princess Elizabeth. Accused of witchcraft and treason she was sentenced to death by her own uncle. Died 19th May 1536 in the Tower of London, she was beheaded, aged about 34. Jane Seymour: Jane Seymour 1504-09 to 24th October 1537 We don’t know her date of birth, it is guessed to be between 1504-09. She was Lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn . Aged between 27-32, she married King Henry VIII on 20th May 1536 in York Place. It is said that she was the favourite wife of Henry VIII. On 12th October 1537 she gave birth to Prince Edward. Jane grew sick after giving birth. She died on 24th October 1537, aged between 28-33. What can you re-call?: What can you re-call? What was Henrys first wife called? Who did he love the most? Is that fact or opinion? Who gave birth to Elizabeth? Henry VIII wives: Henry VIII wives 1540-1547 Anne of Cleves: Anne of Cleves 1516 to 1557 Born in Dusseldorf (Germany) in 1516. Holbein, a famous artist from the era, was commissioned to paint her portrait for Henry VIII before he met her. Age 24, married King Henry VIII on January 6th 1540 in Greyfriars Church, Greenwich. 4 months later she allowed King Henry VIII to have the marriage annulled. Henry ensured she was well taken care of and she lived a happy independent life with many homes in England. Died 1557 of illness aged 41. Kathryn Howard: Kathryn Howard 1521 to 13th February 1542 We don’t know her date of birth, it is guessed to be 1521. She was a lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves and the cousin of the ill fated Anne Boleyn. Henry called her his ‘Rose without a Thorn’. Aged about 19, she married King Henry VIII on July 28th 1540 in Oatlands Palace, Surrey. Accused of adultery she was sentenced to death. Died 13th February 1542 (6 years after her cousin) in the Tower of London, she was beheaded, aged about 20. Katharine Parr: Katharine Parr 1512 to 5th September 1548 Born in 1512. She was twice widowed and childless. Aged 30, she married King Henry VIII on 12th July 1543 in Hampton Court Palace. Henry tried to have her sentenced to death but was unsuccessful Henry passed away 28th January 1947. She promptly married Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane Seymour, as soon as Henry died. Katharine had a baby girl on the 30th August 1548 but soon became ill and passed away 6 days later aged 35. What can you re-call?: What can you re-call? What was Henrys fourth wife called? Which cousins were both married to Henry and both sentenced to death? Who was Thomas Seymour? Which is your favourite wife?