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Oct 16th, 2008 at 05:41 GMT
I've always found it interesting that all but one of his wives were named Anne or Katherine
Oct 22nd, 2008 at 12:46 GMT
And that wife was the only one he felt that he truly loved... The wife he was buried with.
Nov 15th, 2008 at 08:41 GMT
Less romantically, of course, she was the only one available to be buried with...Parr was still alive, as was Cleves; Boleyn and Howard were both buried in bits; and I think Aragon had gone back to Spain. Either that or she was still living too.
Dec 7th, 2008 at 16:38 GMT
Henry VIII died in 1547, Catherine of Aragon died well before that in 1536.
Dec 20th, 2008 at 01:24 GMT
He's only buried with her cos she gave him a son. Historically they think Boleyn was the one he actual cared for, but her big mouth got her into trouble. And shouldn't they fix Aragon to be spelled with a C?
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Jan 27th, 2009 at 20:29 GMT
ahhh, so it's spelt Boleyn... i kept spelling it Berlin...
Feb 5th, 2009 at 13:27 GMT
Since he seems like he was a somewhat fickle soul I find it likely that if Seymour had only lived a little longer Henry would have found the time to hate her too.
Mar 10th, 2009 at 21:29 GMT
i agree, i was always taught Catherine of aragon, Wikipedia lists them all as being spelt with a C but i thought it was Katherine Howard and Kathryn Parr. bizarre
Apr 1st, 2009 at 19:06 GMT
I dont' object to the spellings for Catherine as both were allowed. However it took me a while to figure out why Anne of Kleves wasn't going through! Very harsh, especially since Kleves is the correct spelling! :)
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May 19th, 2009 at 20:10 GMT
I just learned these in History class. I only got Boleyn.
May 19th, 2009 at 20:16 GMT
Would have been better to make you enter the correct answer next to each one of the six. Just would add an extra challenge to those who know the names of the six, otherwise it's a bit easy.
May 19th, 2009 at 20:17 GMT
@sporcrates. Doesn't look like you did just learn these then, if you only managed 1! Without Catherine of Aragon and "that" divorce, the current political make up of the Western World would be very different...
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May 20th, 2009 at 15:58 GMT
Catherine Howard was hanged, not beheaded...
May 20th, 2009 at 16:06 GMT
@ saopaolo: is there any evidence for this? I'd say most of the evidence says she was beheaded...
May 20th, 2009 at 16:27 GMT
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Jun 2nd, 2009 at 18:20 GMT
catherine howard was definitely beheaded, just as her cousin anne boleyn was. in my opinion catherine howard was the only one who deserved her death because she was somewhat of a slut within the court.
Nov 16th, 2009 at 18:31 GMT
A way to remember what happened to the wives is Divorced,Beheaded,died Divorced,Beheaded,survived! Henry VIII had five sorry wives,one he loved truly the rest was just fancey
Nov 16th, 2009 at 18:33 GMT
Henry VIII let Katherine Howard dance with other men that were younger because he couldn`t dance and some of the men she had the affair with.
Nov 16th, 2009 at 18:34 GMT
I've always found Henry VIII as a really interesting king and his wives, Imagine have six wives or husbands!
Nov 16th, 2009 at 18:37 GMT
I am glad on the game the cept both spellings of Catherine but i put Kleves
Dec 22nd, 2009 at 03:37 GMT
@Meghan: I find it interesting that you believe that being somewhat of a ***** merits being beheaded.
Jan 9th, 2010 at 21:53 GMT
Being a little controversial, at least Katherine Howard was guilty of the crimes she was accused of, unlike Anne Boleyn, who very likely was innocent of the adultery charges. Henry wanted Anne 'out of the way' so he could marry Jane (which he did just 10ish days later) so he had her arrested on trumped up charges of Adultery and incest when her only crime was being outspoken and miscarrying a son. Katherine, on the other hand, was almost certainly guilty of adultery with at least Thomas Culpeper, and maybe Francis Dereham. Henry was devastated when he was told, as he'd believed her to be his 'rose without a thorn'
Jan 14th, 2010 at 01:32 GMT
Henry definitely had An Abundance of Katherine! Alright, no one is going to get that joke...
Jan 14th, 2010 at 19:38 GMT
Henry was a very disturbed man as it seems. The reason why he killed and divorced his wives (actually he annulled the marriages) whether they existed or not (if boleyn and howard cheated on him, or if aragon had consumed her marriage to his brother) didnt really matter. He simply wanted then out of the picture, and havent been for one reason, he would create another. All of it supposedly to produce a male heir, and the one he did produce didnt live to see his 15th birthday, the irony is that all he wanted out of an heir, ended up being true for his most rejected daughter, Elizabeth. I agree also that we cant really know which one was, or even if there was a real love of his life (seems to me that he wasnt very able to love, or that love to him was very shallow and volatile), he was buried with seymour, but his other wives were either form dissolved marriages (therefore, not wives in his eyes) or beheaded (therefore unworthy). And there was also c.parr, who apparently he was very fond to, but was still alive.
Jan 24th, 2010 at 13:34 GMT
Lucia, he only had one marriage annulled - the next one he tried to get annulled he couldn't which is how come the Church of England was created - so he could be at it's head and could make the decisions himself.
Feb 12th, 2010 at 03:04 GMT
I'm Henery the VIII, I am, Henery the VIII I am, I am! I got married to the widow next door, She'd been married seven times before. And every one was an Henery She wouldn't have a Willie or a Sam I'm her eighth old man named Henery Henery the VIII, I am! ...But enough about me...
Feb 18th, 2010 at 02:30 GMT
Which of the wives was the one considered extremely homely?
Apr 1st, 2010 at 12:42 GMT
@q1979: Anne of Cleves - the marriage was arranged for political reasons and when Henry actually saw her for the first time it was too late to change his mind!
Apr 1st, 2010 at 12:44 GMT
Although there is indeed some repetition among their first names, you can often catch out historians by asking "which two of Henry VIII's wives had the same middle name?". The answer is, of course, Catherine OF Aragon and Anne OF Cleves!
Apr 8th, 2010 at 18:07 GMT
@Meghan: Catherine Howard was 15 years old when given into marriage with a king old enough to be her grandfather; a fat king who had a smelly festering ulcer on his leg. Wouldn't you have cheated on him? Also, she only cheated on him with Culpeper as far as I know; with Dereham she only fooled around before her marriage (which was considered a sin back then, but it isn't now so I can't blame her).
Apr 8th, 2010 at 18:09 GMT
it is interesting that their fate is actually divorce-execution-death in childbirth-divorce-execution-death in childbirth (though the last one died in childbirth when married to her next husband, who was her 4th I believe).
May 29th, 2010 at 18:30 GMT
name his children "Bloody" Mary, "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth, etc.
Jul 5th, 2010 at 20:23 GMT
@plutogirlgenius: I get the joke! And Henry was definitely a dumper, not a dumpee!
Jul 13th, 2010 at 06:28 GMT
thank goodness i just watched the final season of the tudors
Aug 17th, 2010 at 20:00 GMT
Good quiz - only comment, I think it's been brought up already, is that I was taught the spellings as Catherine of Aragon, Katherine Howard and Kathryn Parr. Though the quiz accepted those spellings as correct, and I may well have been taught incorrectly! I have to say, it's a wonder anyone would marry him when you know he's already beheaded 2 of his wives...
Oct 19th, 2010 at 16:39 GMT
A nice addition would be a third column with the years of marriage included.
Nov 16th, 2010 at 09:26 GMT
Eep I forgot Howard.
Feb 3rd, 2011 at 21:24 GMT
One minute is nowhere near long enough. I really have to rack my brains to remember them.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 14:09 GMT
I know it's picky, but if you're being accurate their names were: Katherine Parr Kathryn (not Katherine) Howard Anne Boleyn Catherine (not Katherine)of Aragon Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves
May 9th, 2011 at 22:41 GMT
I'm pretty sure it's Catherine of Aragon with a C since her real name was Catalina. But then again, Parr has been spelled Catherine, Katherine, Kateryn AND Katheryne, not just nowadays but in historical documents. Howard has been spelled Catherine, Katherine or Katheryn.
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