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    Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII by Linda Porter

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Katherine of Aragon, 1511 Detail of Katherine of Aragon from the Westminster Tournament Roll which illustrates the two-day tournament that was held to celebrate the birth of Katherine and Henry VIII’s short-lived son, prince Henry (February 1511).

Katherine of Aragon at age 11. Wife to Prince Arthur and then Henry VIII, mother to Queen Mary I

Sudeley Castle England, Catherine Parr outlived Henry VIII and is buried here in this Chapel

The Red Queen's Daughter. Such an AMAZING historical fiction book about Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was the last Queen of Henry VIII.

"Anne of Cleves:Henry VIII's Discarded Bride" by Elizabeth Norton. Anna of Kleves is one of my 3 favorite wives of Henry VIII, but sadly she is almost always overlooked by historians; in books chronicling the wives together, her chapter is always the smallest. She may have been married to Henry for the least amount of time, but she got one of the best divorce settlements in history. Anna outlived Henry & the other wives, & it is what she did AFTER her divorce that truly makes her fascinating!

My favorite biography on Queen Katherine Parr, one of 16th century Europe's most brilliant women.

A sketch of Henry VIII-as a baby! He looks slightly less imposing this way, don't you think? Lara E.Eakins.

Hunting Sword used by Henry VIII. Hunting was viewed as "an essential mark of a gentleman and...was valued as a test of courage, strength, and agility..." (Tudor England: An Encyclopedia, 327). It became a main "pastyme" of the Tudor monarchs, especially Henry VIII. Bows and arrows, crossbows, and even guns were used when hunting. Another weapon yielded was the hunting dog.

Letter sent to Pope Clement VII by Henry VIII (and the 81 noblemen whose seals are affixed) to dissolve his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, 1530

"The Great Matter" In this painting depicting Henry's court sometime during 1525-1530, the main players of 'The Great Matter' are portrayed. In this large portrait, Henry VIII is seen intimately wooing Anne Boleyn in court behind his wife, Katherine of Aragon. To Henry and Anne's left is the Spanish ambassador showing digust at the scene in front of him. And to the right of Katherine is Cardinal Wolsey.