It’s a question that a Tudor history geek like me needs an answer for… which of Henry VIII’s six wives am I most like? I took this test to find out.
Before the test, I did think about what the result might be. It seemed likely that the test would say that I was most like Catherine Parr, due to a shared love of books and learning. Or even Anne of Cleves, the lucky one who got away from Henry. So I was quite surprised that the result was… Katherine of Aragon, Infanta of Spain and the king’s first wife.
I admire Katherine, so I don’t know why I felt that way. In my mind, Katherine was a devout Catholic and loyal, popular queen who suffered untold pain, behind closed doors in the shape of her many miscarriages and stillbirths, and publicly in the shape of her husband’s determination to divorce her.
When Henry fell in love with Anne Boleyn, Katherine was determined to uphold her daughter Mary’s right as his one true heir, and hers as his wife and queen. She behaved with courage and strength in the face of Henry’s wrath, in a way that Henry’s other wives did not (no one stood up to him again after Anne Boleyn!). She never wavered in her beliefs, and although she died away from court in poverty and separated from her daughter, she was always loved by the people of England.
Although this test us just for fun and not to be taken too seriously, there is one characteristic which I definitely share with Katherine: stubbornness. We both stick our heels in and don’t budge when it comes to issues close to our hearts!
Let me know if you take the quiz and which wife you’re most like?