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?

 

  • Charlene McElhinney

    I didn’t take the test as I’m a little unsure who Henry is however I reckon, like you, I’d be most like Catherine too – for the love of books & learning! Interesting post! 🙂

    Charlene McElhinney
    http://www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

  • Food & Baker

    What an interesting quiz to take! I wouldn’t have a clue who I’d like to be as I can’t say I know much about them but I’m sure I can name the few you’ve mentioned. Will take the quiz to find out now!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  • Ooh let me know the result if you do!

  • Thanks Charlene. yay for books and learning!

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    This sounds like such an interesting test! I dont know much about the wives, but Katherine of Aragon sounds very admirable to me!
    I’m off to take this quiz now!
    Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

  • Yay let me know who you get!

  • Aww, this is nice. I was hoping for Katherine of Aragon as she is my favourite. Before doing the test I thought “anything but Ann Boleyn” and the result: Catherine Parr. That was surprinsing. She was lovely, but her story is not a happy one, considering what happened after Henry’s death. Anyway, I had a lot of fun doing the test, thanks for sharing.

  • Kate

    I hadn’t heard of this quiz, it sounds fun! I love history and I really want to learn more about the Tudors, we studied them at school.

  • They’re a fascinating family, and this quiz was a bit of fun!

  • I admire Catherine Parr but like you say, she suffered so much after Henry’s death. I think the wife who truly survived Henry is Anne of Cleves.

  • As soon as I saw this post, I knew I had to take the quiz too! I got Anne Boleyn, which I was delighted with! I really admire her fiery personality and her determination too! I thoroughly enjoyed this post, anything based in the 16th century is a winner with me!

    Abbey 🌸 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • Yay I’m so glad that you took the test too and are happy with your result! Anne Boleyn rocks.

  • Kate

    Oh this is super cool! I studied history for A Level but I have to admit, I didn’t do it much justice, now though I love looking back, and the Tudor period is such a fascinating time! I also share stubbornness with you and Katherine – but matters close to the heart are worth holding firm to 🙂 I’m going to take the test tonight and tweet you who I got later!

    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

  • It’s such an interesting time, you’re right. Haha stubbornness is important. Yay please do tweet me or I’ll be disappointed!

  • Alisha Valerie.

    This was such a fun blog post. I’ve never been much of a fan of Henry VIII’s but I do love history so it was a fun read, and the quiz sounds great! Thanks for sharing 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    http://www.AlishaValerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

  • It was really fun to write, I’m enjoying history posts lately! Henry VIII was a tyrant.

  • I got Katherine of Aragon too!

  • Haha great!