Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Her uncle was the Spanish Emperor. Henry married her in 1509. He was married to Henry’s older brother, Arthur, who died as a young man. Catherine gave birth to two sons but they both died very young. One was only 52 days old. Henry and Catherine only had one child who survived, Mary. Eventually, Henry grew tired of waiting for Catherine to give him a son. He gave himself a divorce and married the younger Anne Boleyn. Despite being separated from her daughter, Catherine rarely complained about her treatment. Anne grew up and was educated in France. She may have had 6 fingers. When Henry met her, he fell in love with her immediately. But Anne would not be his mistress (girlfriend) only his wife. After his divorce, Henry and Anne married in 1533. Later that year, Anne gave birth to Elizabeth but never gave Henry a son. Henry became more and more angry and thought God was punishing him again. Henry eventually accused her of being unfaithful to him. She was imprisoned in the tower and her head was chopped off by a French swordsman in 1536. Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Within 24 hours of Anne’s execution (Henry’s pervious wife) he was engaged to marry Jane Seymour. Over two years after his previous wife, Jane, died, Henry decided to get married again. Not for love this time but for an alliance. With France and Spain less friendly, Henry needed a friendly country in Europe so he married the Belgian Princess, Anne, in 1540. Jane was probably Henry’s favourite wife because she gave him the son he had always wanted, Edward, in 1537. However, Jane died just two weeks later. It is said that Henry wore black for years after this and he chose to be buried with her in Windsor Castle when he died. However, when he met his new bride he was so unimpressed with her that he called her a ‘Flanders Mare’ (a horse) and the marriage was ended very soon afterwards. Anne realised that she needed to agree otherwise her life could have become very difficult! Kathryn Howard Katherine Parr When they got married in 1540, Henry was 49 years old and Kathryn was 19! She was the cousin of Anne Boleyn. Katherine was married twice before she married Henry but both of her previous husbands had died. However, Kathryn didn’t learn from her cousin’s experiences and rumours began to spread that she had a boyfriend and was being unfaithful to the king. Henry married her when she was 31 years old but by then Henry was quite sick. It is said that she was more of a nurse to him than a wife. By 1542, Henry had enough evidence and Kathryn was arrested and beheaded. She reunited Henry’s family and brought his children, Mary, Elizabeth and Edward back together. Henry died in 1547.