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THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII


If there is one thing everyone knows about King Henry VIII it is that he married six times! Desperate for a son to succeed him, Henry divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and beheaded his second wife, Anne Boleyn, when they failed to give him a male heir. His third wife, Jane Seymour, gave him a son, but died a few days after the birth. His fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, he divorced for being too ugly, and his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, was beheaded for adultery. Only to his last wife, Katherine Parr, did Henry stay married to, but even she was almost cast off for offending him! An easy way to remember the fates of Henry's wives is the ditty:


"Divorced, beheaded, died,
Divorced, beheaded, survived!"




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CATHERINE OF ARAGON
(1485-1536)

Married Henry: 1509
Mother of: Queen Mary I
Divorced: 1532/3

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ANNE BOLEYN
(c.1504-1536)

Married Henry: 1532/3
Mother of: Queen Elizabeth I
Beheaded: 1536

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JANE SEYMOUR
(c.1507-1537)

Married Henry: 1536
Mother of: King Edward VI
Died: 1537

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ANNE OF CLEVES
(1515-1557)

Married Henry: 1540
Divorced: 1540

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CATHERINE HOWARD
(c.1522-1542)

Married Henry: 1540
Beheaded: 1542

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KATHERINE PARR
(c.1512-1548)

Married Henry: 1543
Survived

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