The six wives of Henry VIII of England

The six wives of Henry VIII of England

Henry VIII of England He exercised the most absolute power among all the English monarchs, but he is also famous for having been married six times to well-known women throughout history.

He was not only king of England, also lord of Ireland until his death. He was a large man, an athlete, energetic and extremely intelligent.

Red-haired with bright eyes, he was passionate about hunting and tennis, but especially music. He had a great capacity for languagesHe spoke English, French, Latin, Spanish and some Italian.

Interested in navigation, mathematics, religion and astronomy, he was on the other hand selfish, impolite and very cruel, something that can be seen with many of the six wives of Henry VIII.

Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon was the daughter of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel of Castile Y Fernando of Aragon.

She was only 12 years old when she became the widow of Enrique's brother, Arturo. When Enrique turned 18, he married her, when Catalina was 5 years older than him. According to contemporary Catholics, was the only queen consort of England.

Catherine was extremely popular with her subjects.

Came to rule the nation as regent, while Henry invaded France in 1513. In total, they had six children: two abortions, another three of their children who died within hours of birth and their daughter Maria Tudor, known in the future as "Bloody Mary", the only one that survived.

Despite the current infidelities on the part of the king, their marriage lasted 24 years but Enrique grew impatient.

She was getting older and seeing that the chances of having a male child reigning in England were diminishing, so He filed for divorce and married Ana Bolena.

Catherine was transferred to Kimbolton Castle, where she died on January 7, 1536, at the age of 50.

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn, 1st Marchioness of Pembroke, was a highly educated woman who had been studying in France during the war.

Anne ended up at the English court and Enrique fell in love with her as soon as he saw her. He had very dark skin, straight black hair, a wide mouth, and intense eyes.

Despite the fact that Enrique hated writing, he sent him a large number of love poems.

They were married in January 1533 and soon, in September of that same year, they had their first daughter, Isabel. Later, she had a second child who died shortly after.

Ana's sister, Maria, had previously been a lover for a time of the king. In the end, Henry grew tired of her and sent her to the Tower of London accusing her of being unfaithful. She was executed in May 1536.

Jane seymour

The third wife, Jane SeymourShe was short and possessive but also kind, correct and calm. He did not make a single enemy in court. Enrique was especially attracted to her shyness.

Two weeks after Ana was executed, Enrique and Jane were married. With her she achieved her goal of having a male child but 12 days after giving birth, Jane died.

Enrique buried her in a grave that he had prepared for him and recognized that she was the only woman he had ever loved.

Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves was a German princess and fourth wife of Enrique, being his brother William de Cleves the leader of the German protest of the West.

After two years, Henry craved an attractive woman so he convinced Cromwell to seek a woman for him outside the English court.

His agents in Germany advised him of the Ana's charm and talent. Hans Holbein painted a portrait and showed it to Henry, accepting because that way he could create a union between England and Germany.

The first time they met was in January 1540 and five days later they were married. Their marriage was a disaster.

The marriage was never consummated, without Ana being crowned Queen of England and allowing annulment. Ana was rewarded with properties. He refused to see it because he found it incredibly repellent.

Also, she hated music which was one of her passions and could hardly speak English. Shortly after, Cromwell was executed for treason.

In July of that same year they divorced.

Catherine Howard

Catherine Howard, cousin on the paternal side of Anne Boleyn, was his fifth wife.

At the age of 19, Catherine got the job as a companion to the new wife Ana de Cleves and immediately caught the attention of the long-lived, obese King Henry, who was already around 49 years old.

They were first lovers for a long time and then they married 16 days after their divorce with Ana de Cleves.

Despite all the riches, Catalina was not satisfied with her marriage and for that reason he looked for amorous entertainments anywhere. There was no time for the rumors to spread and Enrique accused him of being unfaithful.

Was executed and many believe that his spirit still haunts London's towers.

Catherine Parr

Little is known of his last wife, Catherine Parr. Catherine knew Latin, French and Greek.

She married a man who died shortly after, leaving her a very young widow, and with her second husband she had no children. Months after Catherine Howard's execution, she married Enrique.

She was his wife, his nurse and the first to also be Queen of Ireland. She took care of Enrique's three children, taking them to live with them in the palace and offering them a good education.

At the same time, she was by Enrique's side for absolutely everything until the death of her husband.

In January 1547 Henry VIII died and Catherine obtained permission from Edward VI, Henry's only male child, to marry his uncle Thomas Seymour.

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