Six Wives of Henry VIII

photo credit: National Trust
photo credit: National Trust

Wife #1: Catherine of Aragon
Marriage Status: Divorced

Parents: Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile
Born: 16 December 1485
Marriage: King Henry VIII: 11 June 1509
Marriage Dissolved: 1533
Death: 7 January 1536

Surviving Children: Mary I of England

In this world I will confess myself to be the king’s true wife, and in the next they will know how unreasonably I am afflicted.” – Catherine of Aragon, 1532 (courtesy



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Anne Boleyn

Wife: #2: Anne Boleyn
Marriage Status: Beheaded

Parents: Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Lady Elizabeth Howard
Born: Between 1500 and 1509
Marriage: Henry VIII: 25 January 1533
Death: 19 May 1536 by beheading

Surviving Children: Elizabeth I of England

I have never had better opinions of woman than I had of her.” - Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (courtesy The Anne Boleyn Files)




Jane Seymour by Hans Holbein the Younger

Wife #3: Jane Seymour
Marriage Status: Died

Parents: John Seymour and Margery Wentworth
Born: 1508 or 1509
Marriage: King Henry VIII: 30 May 1536
Death: 24 October 1537

Surviving Children: Edward VI of England

Jane Seymour was the fairest, the discreetest, and the most meritorious of all Henry VIII.’s wives.” – Courtesy
Memoirs of the Queens of Henry VIII., and His Mother, Elizabeth of York by Agnes Strickland





Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger
Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger

Wife #4: Anne of Cleves
Marriage Status: Divorced

Parents: John lll, Duke of Cleves and Maria of Jülich-Berg
Born: 22 September 1515
Marriage: King Henry Vlll:  6 January 1540
Death: 16 July 1557

Surviving Children: Anne had no children






Catherine Howard - courtesy
Catherine Howard via

Wife #5: Catherine Howard
Marriage Status: Beheaded

Parents: Lord Edmund Howard and Joyce Culpepper
Born: circa 1521
Marriage: King Henry VIII: 28 July 1540
Marriage Dissolved: 13 February 1542
Death: 13 February 1542 by beheading

Surviving Children: Catherine had no children





attributed to Master John, oil on panel, circa 1545
Jane Seymour – Hastings Portrait

Wife #6: Catherine Parr
Marriage Status: Widowed - 28 January 1547

Parents: Sir Thomas Parr and Maud Green
Born: 1512
Marriage: King Henry VIII: 12 July 1543
Death: 5 September 1548

Surviving Children: No children with Henry












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