Katherine Parr: Ghost At Sudeley Castle

The story of Katherine Parr is quite tragic indeed — she married an old and ailing King Henry VIII when she would have preferred to marry her love, Thomas Seymour. When Henry died in 1547, she secretly married Thomas. By the end of 1547 the couple were already with child. Imagine their surprise when it was believed she would not have children. Katherine gave birth to their daughter Mary and shortly thereafter and died of puerperal fever. It seems as though Katherine Parr would not be able to find life long happiness.

Sudeley Castle (from previous blog post)

Photo Credit: Wdejager / CC BY-SA 4.0

The 15th century Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire was rebuilt in the late 1540s by Lord Thomas Seymour. Thomas was the brother of the Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector to Edward Vl; their sister, Jane, had been Henry Vlll’s third wife, who had died giving birth to Edward in 1537, making the brothers the young king’s uncles.” -The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain by Charles Phillips (p.363)

After the king’s death, Thomas Seymour married Henry’s widow Katherine Parr. Thomas and Katherine moved into Sudeley Castle where she gave birth to their daughter, Mary on 30 August 1548. Katherine died there from puerperal fever a week later and was buried in St. Mary’s Church near the castle.

Katherine Parr
Katherine Parr attributed to William Scrots – National Portrait Gallery: NPG 4618
Katherine Parr
Catherine Parr in the Melton Constable Portrait. Formerly mistaken as Jane Grey
Katherine Parr
Katherine Parr by Master John – This portrait originally and now identified as Catherine Parr was wrongly identified as Lady Jane Grey for decades
Thomas Seymour
Thomas Seymour by Nicholas Denizot

Catherine Parr History

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    • She is lost to history. It is believed that she died young. Possibly during the time that Katherine Wilhoughby had her under her care.

  1. The second painting, top right hand side is not Catherine Parr. That is a painting of the young Queen Elizabeth I.

    • All the portraits of Catherine/Katherine Parr on the page are indeed her. If you can show me something to prove otherwise I’ll gladly remove it. My research shows it’s indeed Catherine Parr. Thanks for your feedback and checking out the site!

      • Could you list the sources for the paintings, please? It would be interesting as these are less well known images of Parr, and I could only find one (besides the famous red dress portrait) at the National Portrait Gallery’s website.

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