The Fates Of Henry Viii's Wives

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Alysha Clark
History 101
Professor Crosby
1 October 2014
The Fates of Henry VIII’s Wives King Henry VIII, son and successor of King Henry VII, was known for his ever-changing marital status. Married six times, the easiest way to remember the order was a little rhyme: divorced, beheaded, and died, divorced, beheaded, and survived. Henry struggled to produce a male heir and maintain a faithful (and beautiful) wife. As Henry’s reasons to marry each woman differed, so did the reason of the marriage’s end. Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Katherine Parr all had a different story and fate to tell because of their husband, Henry VIII. Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of Henry VIII. Eight
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Their first meeting was not planned out, as the King went into Anne’s chamber cloaked, and kissed her without warning, and tried to win her over. Anne showed little interest, so the King left the room and came back uncloaked, evoking extreme embarrassment from Anne (Starkey 627). With Henry’s pride hurt from Anne’s reaction, he was extremely disinterested in marrying her. As disappointing as it was for Henry, he still had to marry Anne. Retha Warnicke writes,
“Henry admitted to Cromwell that he tried but failed to consummate the marriage... He thus suffered from relative impotence [which] is sexual dysfunction with a particular woman… Convocation granted the annulment on 9 July [1540] for three reasons: Anne was Lorraine’s wife; Henry refrained from consummating their union until he could discover her former marital status; and he wed her only reluctantly” (“Anne of Cleves, Queen of England”).
After the divorce, she was considered the sister of the king, and lived in Court for the remainder of his
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Much to his dismay though, there were a few accounts of Catherine’s inappropriate behavior with men other than her husband… This behavior can only be blamed on her youth, as she was so interested in experiencing different things (and different men). Henry’s age showed in the way he treated Catherine’s case, which is perhaps how he was more sorrowful through the trials than looking for vengeance: “‘[The King] has certainly shown’, [Chapuys] continued, ‘greater sorrow and regret at her loss than at the faults, loss or divorce of his preceding wives’” (Starkey 685). As Catherine’s fate was sealed to be beheaded, Henry’s sadness did not

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