Ever since I was a child, I’ve done a LOT of reading about the six women unlucky enough to marry Henry VIII, the most famous monarch in English history. I thought it would be fun to rank them in order of my interest in them.
6. Jane Seymour
The queen who bore Henry his beloved son is also one of his most unpopular with modern history fans. I don’t believe she would have had much choice in getting engaged to the king the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution; however when compared to the other queens, Jane’s performance as the obedient wife and sainted mother earns her my last place.
5. Katherine Howard
When I think of Katherine, I think that her marriage should never have happened. She had no chance of survival in the brutal Tudor court, and was deluded if she thought Henry’s love for her would never sour. I feel there is little more to be said about her unfortunately, her brief life being a very, very sad footnote in history.
4. Anne of Cleves
I feel there’s been a renewed recent interest in the life of the woman who was only queen for six months. Anne was definitely the true survivor of Henry’s wives, the only one to happily accept a divorce and live comfortably for years after the other wives were long gone. However, if it were not for her marriage, Anne would probably barely have been remembered by history.
3. Catherine Parr
There are many reasons why Catherine interests me so much; how close she came to arrest, her dedication to education and her career as an author, her closeness to Henry’s children. Most of all, her haste to marry Thomas Seymour after Henry’s death, and her tragic end after giving birth to her longed-for first child. Catherine’s happiness in her fourth marriage was tragically short-lived.
2. Katherine of Aragon
Katherine was brought up in Spain, convinced that her destiny was to be Queen of England. When Henry questioned the validity of their marriage, she steadfastly stuck by her vows and the rights of her daughter as Henry’s heir. Her courage and determination have resonated down the centuries and won her as many admirers now as she had when she was queen.
1. Anne Boleyn
No surprise here! Find out why Anne fascinates me so much.
How would you rank these queens?
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