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
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.
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
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.
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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