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The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Comtessedelalune The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Comtessedelalune
So.... it's been a few years and I finally decided to update this wallpaper. I replaced Anne and Catherine Howard with the portraits that are possibly more accurate according to historians. Touched up the images.

For those of you unfamiliar with these ladies:

(top row, left to right)
Catalina de Aragon (aka Katherine of Aragon) was the youngest daughter to Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. She was first married to Arthur, Henry's older brother, who died shortly after. Henry was her "Sir Loyal Heart", but divorced Catherine on the grounds that they were not legally married in the eyes of God, after a long marriage of miscarriages and stillbirths resulting in only one living daughter, Mary.

Anne Boleyn was Henry's second wife, his mistress while still married to Catherine. She gave birth to a baby girl who would later be Elizabeth I. She was beheaded due to (mostly likely) false charges of infidelity, treason and incest.

Jane Seymour was lady in waiting to both Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. As wife to Henry, she gave birth to the long awaiting male heir, Edward. She then died of puerperal fever.

(bottom row, left to right)
Anna von Cleves (Anne of Cleves) was from the Protestant duchy of Cleves. She was betrothed to Henry after he was shown her portrait, though upon meeting Anne, Henry was displeased with her appearance. He married her to avoid political conflict, but divorced her using (once again) legal technicalities.

Catherine Howard was a young girl living in Lambeth with her grandmother when she was taken to court to catch Henry's eye. She became his "Rose without a Thorn", only to have a rather promiscuous past revealed after the marriage, and charged with treason due to infidelity after the marriage with Henry's groomsman Thomas Culpepper. She was beheaded on the charges of adultery.

Catherine Parr had already been married twice to old men whom she nursed until they died. As a wealthy widow, she was free to love and though she was in love with Thomas Seymour, Henry claimed her for his own. She was his wife until Henry died at 55. She then married for the fourth time to her love Thomas, and then died from puerperal fever.

Isn't the pattern interesting? Catherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves were foreign princesses and got divorced. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were ladies in waiting, cousins, and were beheaded. Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr both died from puerperal fever. O.o
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Divorced, beheaded and died!
Divorced, beheaded, survived!
It is interesting! Had Henry lived and impregnated Catherine Parr, it probably would have just been Divorced Beheaded and Died, Divorced Beheaded and Died all over again! lol
Comtessedelalune Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He definitely had a pattern lol.
starrynights1987 Aug 20, 2012  Student Writer
love this and I love hearing about these women power, strong, and intelligent in there own ways. From different backgrounds these women come bound together by pride and the crown of England :heart:
Aren't they all so interesting? This is a wonderful picture, and I love you connected the six together. I never paid attention to the pattern there!
IHeartInuyasha1322 Jun 23, 2011
Very interesting information. I never knew a lot of that.
Love your wallpaper, although the painting you have used to portray Katherine Howard, is no longer considered to of queen Katherine, but rather the widow Elizabeth Seymour: Most historians now agree that the sitter is wearing widow's clothes, and unfortunately Henry never kept his fifth wife alive that long. The painting is therefore now referred to as "Unknown Woman, formerly known as Catherine Howard".

A painting of the true the true Katherine can be found here: [link]
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lilmisslottie Nov 25, 2010
This period of history is also an obsession of mine. I just adore it and I agree, Anne is my favourite. I guess it's because she was able to make a king change the world for her.
Something I think most women would like to be able to do :D Still, wonderful picture! Def a fav!
Comtessedelalune Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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