Side by sides of the wax figures of the Six Wives of Henry VIII as photographed by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Based on these, Catherine of Aragon is by far the loveliest, followed by Anne of Cleves. So...he tossed aside the most attractive ones? Interesting tastes, Hank.
Tudor portrait correctly identified as Catherine of Aragon, after experts notice Henry VIII's wife was wearing the wrong clothes. The portrait was left on display at Lambeth Palace, where scholars assumed it was Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr. The two paintings will now be hung together for the first time in the National Portrait Gallery, nearly 500 years after they were painted.
Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister was known as one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe. She also had the trademark red hair of the Tudors. When she married the King of France, the Ambassador from Venice described her as " a Paradise - tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an extreme pallor". She wore her glorious silken red-gold hair flowing loose to her waist. She and her brother Henry were close as children, and he named his daughter Mary after her.
Lady Jane Gray. She was queen of England for nine days, only to have her throne taken by Mary I. She was ultimately killed because she refused to convert to Catholicism, holding fast to her Protestant faith. She is regarded as one of the best educated women of her time. And her story was included in Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The detailed report of her execution shows her meekness, presence of mind, and extreme, resolute courage.
(3) Jane Seymour Queen of England | Died shortly after the heir of the throne was born, Edward VI, in 1537 | She was Queen of England from 1536 until her death in 1537 | She is the only wife to be buried with the King.