History Homework: Make sure your essay is complete, self and peer mark. Make improvements!
YOU MUST BRING YOUR BOOK IN TO YOUR NEXT LESSON!
When you have finished see if you can add any more details to your timeline about Henry VIII's wives.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII - NOT IN ORDER!
Anne of Cleves - Henry wanted to make a 'good' marriage this time and decided to look all over Europe for a bride. He sent painters to paint any eligible brides so he could see what they looked like. A picture was shown to him of Anne of Cleves and he agreed to marry her without ever having met her! When she arrived in England, Henry was very keen to meet her but she didn't speak any English and didn't know who he was. She was rather rude to the fat man that came to see her (Henry) and ignored him. Henry stormed out shouting 'I like her not!' He is said to have found her repulsively ugly, and called her a horse! He couldn't break his promise to marry her but it only lasted six months. 20 days after his second divorce, Henry married his fifth wife.
Jane Seymour -Jane was from an old and noble family. She was gentle and modest and not grumpy like Anne. She gave birth to a son in 1537, Edward, who would become King after his father. Sadly 12 days later she died. It is said that Henry loved Jane the best of all his wives and he waited two years before marrying again.
Catherine of Aragon - First she married Arthur, Henry's older brother. But after six months, he died, and Catherine was engaged to Henry instead. She was 17 and Henry was only 12!
They were married when he became King in 1509. She was older and wiser than him and often gave him advice on how to rule. She was a good and faithful wife for over twenty years. She had many children, but only one survived, Mary, who would later become Queen.
Catherine Parr - Catherine had already been married twice before, but both her husbands had died. She was really in love with Thomas Seymour (Jane Seymour's brother) but she was too scared to refuse the King (which was probably wise!). Henry was very very fat and ill by now and Catherine was as much a nurse as a wife. She was a kind woman and was the first wife to bring all three of his children to live together under one roof. When Henry died in 1547, Catherine quickly married Thomas Seymour (her fourth husband). Sadly he didn't love her as much as she did him and she was very unhappy. She died in childbirth a year later in 1548.
Catherine Howard - Catherine was a cousin of Anne Boleyn and was only about 16 when she came to court. No-one knows her actual birth date, but she was still a teenager when they married. (He was 49!). She was lively, pretty, kind and a bit of a 'bird brain' but Henry thought she was perfect. However she was previously secretly engaged to one man and possibly a second one too. When the King found out he chopped both the men's heads off, followed by Catherine's in 1542. The following year he married for the last time.
Anne Boleyn - Henry fell in love with Anne when she was a servant in the Queens Household in 1522. By 1526 he was trying to get divorced from Catherine so that he could marry her. The head of the Catholic church, the Pope, wouldn't allow it, so eventually Henry broke away from the church in Rome, and declared himself the head of a new Church of England. He granted himself a divorce. He married Anne in 1533, and later that year she gave birth to a girl, Elizabeth who would grow up to be a strong Queen for England. Henry soon got fed up with Anne, (apparently she was really grumpy!) so he accused her of meeting other men. There is a letter from Anne begging Henry to believe in her innocence but he didn't and in 1536 she was beheaded. Henry played tennis whilst she had her head chopped off! 11 days later Henry married this third wife.
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