Recently I developed an interest in Henry the 8th, or remain faithful, Henry VIII. I guess I always thought it was a matter of interesting history, but after watching season one and two of the hit Showtime show The Tudors, I read every book I could find on he and his wives. I think it’s funny how people think Henry had eight women and beheaded it all. The truth of the matter is Henry had six wives and had two of them beheaded. Below I’ll give you an account, in chronological order Henry’s six wives and what became of everyone.
Catherine of Aragon
Catherine of Aragon, first wife of his elder brother Henry, Arthur, was the first wife of Henry. Henry and Catherine received a papal dispensation to get married because the marriage between Katherine and Arthur was never consummated. Catherine of Aragon was the most loved by the Queen. one child living with Katherine Henry was Mary Tudor. Although Katherine has given birth to son, they were all dead-born, except for a boy who lived about three weeks. Katherine has been expelled by none other than Anne Boleyn. Henry used his previous marriage of her brother to get rid of her, saying that even if the Pope had blessed the marriage, because God did not give them no male heir. Henry said the marriage between Katherine and Arthur had to be eaten if her marriage to Katherine was null and void. The Roman Catholic Church does not agree so Henry broke the pope and the church, declaring himself the head of the Church of England and then to declare his marriage to Katherine null and void. Katherine has been returned, not beheading.
Okay, it’s one we all know. Controversial Anne Boleyn. Anne and Henry were married after Henry get rid of Catherine of Aragon. Henry thought that this marriage is truly blessed by God and that he and Anne would have many male heirs. But on the contrary, he and Anne had a child who would later be a great heir, but not the boy Henry had wanted, which was Queen Elizabeth I. Anne also had several pregnancies, but they resulted in a stillbirth and miscarriage. It was then that Henry began to question the legitimacy of her marriage, Anne and Jane Seymour began to catch his eye. Henry decided that Anne must be a witch because of how he was seduced by it and decided to put it aside. Anne was accused of adultery with many men, including his brother, and was accused of high treason and sentenced to be beheaded. Thus, by counting the number that makes a woman decapitated.
Henry’s third wife Jane Seymour would be. Jane is described as very pious, pure woman. Henry and Jane had a male heir and was Prince Edward Island. This time, the child survived, but the mother did not. Jane died nine days after giving birth to Edward.
Anne of Cleves
After Jane’s death, Henry decided to send candidates to become his next wife. Painters toured the country protraits painting of young women and send them to the king’s choice. Thus Henry chose his fourth wife Anne of Cleves. But when Anne arrived in England, she was not quite what Henry had imagined. It is said that Henry was very ugly. But it is also said that Anne Henry insulted, and that’s why he hated. Henry wanted to show these balls and dressed, thinking that people like him, not only because he was king. When Henry married Anne of Cleves, he was old and very bold. When he showed up in disguise to his office and kissed her, she is alleged to have spat. This is Henry realized he was not the Prince of gold he had been ruined and he could have any relationship with Anne. Henry used before engagement and out of it. Even if the betrothal of Anne to someone else when she was a child had left, he said he did not and that their previous marriage was null and void. Now the curious thing is, Henry disliked Anne of Cleves, at the outset, but instead of beheading her, he told his sister to live like the king and gave him the house, land and compensation. So she was not decapitated or even badly, considering.
Being the same blood and grain as Anne Boleyn, the woman was the fifth doomed from the start. Henry was old and help her vanity, I suppose, decided to believe that a young 15 year old daughter was interested in him. When he started to give this young 15 year old daughter extravagant gifts and telling him he could make his queen, she decided to play along. That would be Catherine Howard. Catherine Howard and Henry had no heirs. And after a while, Henry realized that Catherine was really interested in men nearer her age. This evil is so proud of Henry Catherine Howard was accused of adultery and accused of treason and sentenced to be beheaded. That’s two wives beheaded.
Many Katherines, eh? Catherine Parr was Henry’s wife to be eighth, sixth and last. Catherine Parr was a widow of the court and his friends Henry and Beames. Henry finally decided that life was the kind of woman he needed. Henry and Catherine had no heirs, because Henry is not too horrible death after his marriage.
So know everyone knows, Henry VIII had six women and only 2 of them beheaded and also had a legitimate male heir. If you found this interesting, I recommend you read some books I’ve read because you learn so much more than that, and I promise not the whole story is boring.