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The six wives of Henry the VIII

Although he was a scroundel, I found Henry the VIII and his wives and children very interesting.

Thomas Moor from Portraits of Illustrious Personages of the Court of Henry VIII. sketches by Holbein. Wonderful view of the hat he wears.

Elizabeth Blount who was better known by her nickname of "Bessie", was a mistress of Henry VIII of England...Her relationship with Henry VIII lasted for some length of time, compared to his other affairs, which were generally short-lived and unacknowledged. On 15 June 1519, Blount bore the King an illegitimate son who was named Henry FitzRoy, Soon after the birth of his son, the King began an affair with Mary Boleyn

Katherine of Aragon's window in St George's Chapel. To the right is a wooden oriel window in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, that looks onto the Quire. Was originally built for Katherine of Aragon, whose pomegranate emblem is still present. This is where Katherine Parr sat and watched Henry VIII’s funeral service and burial that occurred below. To the left is a stone window that opens into the raised chapel of Edward IV's Chantry.

in 1533,King Henry VIII's newborn daughter by Queen Anne Boleyn,Princess Elizabeth,was christened at Greenwich Palace in the Chapel of Observant Friars.This was a lavish ceremony,planned by King Henry and the rest of the palace,although he did not attend the christening.Elizabeth, only three days old at the time,was processed down a long green carpet from the Great Hall in the palace to the Chapel.She was flanked by her Godparents,Thomas Cranmer and the Duchess of Norfolk...

Miniature portrait of Anne Boleyn - inside the ring that her daughter Elizabeth I constantly wore and was removed from her finger after her death and sent to James VI of Scotland as evidence of her death, showing how important the ring and her mother were to Elizabeth.

In the year 1536, Henry VIII had three wives and lost two sons. Katherine of Aragon dies on 07 January; Anne Boleyn is beheaded on 19 May; one unnamed son by miscarriage (Anne Boleyn) on 29 January (same day as Katherine of Aragon's funeral); Henry Fitzroy dies on 23 July and he marries Jane Seymour on 30 May.

Portrait of Henry VIII, circa 1520 In his younger years Henry was a healthy, strong, very handsome young man. He was tall and his good looks were often spoken about. He enjoyed playing sports including, archery, wrestling, jousting and hunting.

QUEENS CONSORT by Lisa Hilton; HENRY by David Starkey

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Henry VIII Heath problems: Age 45: Jousting accident: Falls from horse, is squashed by the weight of his armour, the horse falling on him and the weight of his horses armour. He is unconscious for two hours. This may have caused frontal lobe damage and seriously worsened the ulcers upon his legs. He becomes obese and may have had type two diabetes and raised blood pressure.He would have became a massively overweight, comfort eating, paranoid, cruel, tyrannical man with mood swings.

Henry was so eager to see Anne of Cleves that he rushed, in disguise, and burst in upon her unannounced. Anne didn't speak English, didn't know who this fat stranger was, and was busy watching something out the window, so she more or less ignored Henry. The king's pride was wounded. "I like her not!" he told all. He found her ugly - downright repulsive - and the last thing he wanted to do was marry her.Poor Anne of Cleves at first had no idea that her husband was displeased with her.

Catherine Howard and Henry toured England in the summer of 1541. During this time a crisis began to loom over Catherine. People who had witnessed her indiscretions with Henry's favorite male courtier, Thomas Culpeper, began to contact her for favors in return for their silence, and many of them were appointed to her household. Most disastrously, Catherine appointed Francis Dereham as her personal secretary.His miscalculation led to the charges of treason and adultery against her.

Henry VIII of England noticed the widowed Catherine Parr. He had just had his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, executed for deceiving him. He divorced his fourth queen, Anne of Cleves, because he was not attracted to her.Knowing that history, and apparently already engaged to Jane Seymour's brother, Thomas Seymour, Catherine Parr was reluctant to marry Henry, and aware that refusing could have serious consequences for herself and her family.So Catherine Parr married Henry VIII of England.

Profile of Catherine Parr - Sixth Wife of Henry VIII

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Thomas Howard was uncle to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of the wives of King Henry VIII, and played a major role in the machinations behind these marriages. A descendant of King Edward I, The Duke was also the great uncle of Queen Elizabeth I. After falling from favour in 1546, he was stripped of the dukedom and imprisoned in the Tower, avoiding execution when the King died. He was released on the accession of Queen Mary I. He aided Mary in securing her throne.

A portrait miniature of an aging Queen Catherine of Aragon, by Horenbout.

The 16th century Loseley Hall Portrait of Queen Anne Boleyn, by an unknown artist

Lord Henry FitzRoy was born in 1519. His mother, Lady Elizabeth Blount a Maid of Honour to Queen Catherine of Aragon. His father was the twenty eight year old King himself. FitzRoy was conceived when Queen Catherine of Aragon was approaching her last confinement.He was given the name Henry after his royal father. Henry VIII who perhaps felt that his lack of male heir was a slur upon his manhood, abandoned all discretion and openly acknowledged the boy.

Being Bess: Anne Boleyn: Mother of the Virgin Queen

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Henry Percy was part of Cardinal Wolsey's household. He probably fell in love with Anne Boleyn. Percy and Anne may have promised themselves to one another. "Pre-contracting" in Tudor times was just as serious as an official betrothal or marriage. Suspicion that they had pre-contracted themselves would come back to haunt them in future.Henry could not marry Anne because he was promised to marry Mary Talbot.

Henry VIII,1542, painted during his brief marriage to Catherine Howard.Health problems: Age 23: Catches Smallpox but recovers. Age 30: Catches Malaria, recovers but continues to suffer bouts throughout his life. Age 33: Jousting accident, forgets to put the visor down and his hit in the head above right eye with a lance. After this he suffers from terrible migraines. Age 36: Suffers a painful wrench foot during a tennis match Age 36: Varicose Ulcers, used by tight garters .

  • Alana Amaro

    I'm somewhat obsessed with Henry. I know he was a jerk but I think he was also a victim.

  • Shirlee Jones

    I agree.The chain of events that molded his life amaze me.

Painting on Henry and Anne hunting

Thomas Culpeper, Queen Kathryn Howards second cousin and rumored lover. Both were beheaded.

Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, maternal cousin of Anne Boleyn, Katheryn Howard, and Elizabeth I. Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham (1536 – 14 December 1624) was an English statesman and admiral. He was son of William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham (c. 1510 – 1573) and Margaret Gamage, daughter of Sir Thomas Gamage. He was a grandson of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. In June 1563 he married Catherine Carey, the oldest daughter of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon.