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    Anne Boleyn

    Witty, Sophisticated, Passionate, Emotional, Stylish, Intelligent, Outspoken.

    "The Most Happy"

    Anne Boleyn is one of the most infamous women in history. She is also probably one of the most misunderstood. Many myths abound, including that she had a mole on her neck, and a sixth finger. This is highly unlikely, as such things were seen as signs of witchcraft, she probably would not even have been allowed in court, let alone be chosen by Henry as a mate- he desired a male heir above all else, and would never have risked a 'bewitched' son. (**In recent history, an exhumation and examination of Anne's body proved she had no deformities whatsoever.)

    Anne was the second, possibly third, Boleyn woman to pass through Henry's chambers. Her mother was rumored to have been young Henry's mistress, and her sister Mary was without doubt. As their father, Thomas Boleyn, was a man with more ambition than honor, he engineered both daughters relationships with Henry, and probably did the same with his wife. But Mary Boleyn's relationship with Henry ended with an illegitimate son (probably Henry's), a sad marriage, and the nickname, "the Great Whore".

    Anne was engaged to Henry Percy and had no ambitions to join in the family's power games. But as a lady in waiting to Katharine of Aragon, Anne caught Henry's eye, and Henry, had Henry Percy banished from court. Thomas Boleyn missed nothing, and set Anne to seducing Henry.

    Anne was charming, witty, sophisticated, and talented in music and dance- all things Henry liked in a woman. She had no trouble bringing Henry to his knees- she knew what he wanted became all the sweeter to him when he couldn't have it. She demanded he seduce her with letters and poems, he sent her royal jewels, and she rebuffed him, refusing to give him her virginity outside of marriage.

    Sometime during her father's scheming Anne fell in love with Henry. They resided together in the castle, held court with her in Katharine's throne. He granted her noble title. Finally, after being refused an anullment, Henry divorced Katharine. Henry was excommunicated from the Holy See- the beginning of Reformation.

    Anne and Henry wed in 1533, and Anne gave birth so soon to the infant Elizabeth I, it's believed that the two had been secretly married in 1532 in order to consumate their union.

    The marriage lasted three years. Anne failed to deliver the promised heir, which Henry saw as a sign from God that his marriage to Anne was impure. His eye was wandering, first to Anne's lady in waiting, Margaret (Madge) Shelton- also Anne Boleyn's cousin- but then particularly to Jane Seymour. Anne, ever so passionate, would not tolerate any straying from her bed. If she had taken the king from Katharine, who had been with him for decades, then her position was just as precarious. She had gotten Henry to declare Elizabeth the one heir by bastardizing Mary, daughter of Katharine, but no one outside of England recognized the child as sovereign heir, refusing Henry's offers of betrothal. That Anne requested the deaths of Mary and Katharine is rumored but not evidenced.

    Following the death of Katharine, who had suffered in isolation, Henry became more convinced that Anne was a mistake. She miscarried a few days later, and it was over.

    Henry accused Anne of witchcraft, questioned her virginity at the time of marriage, and high treason- adultery. The men of her court were questioned and tortured, the women of her court were largely disloyal- many of them having been in service to the beloved Katharine of Aragon before her- and gladly spoke against her. Anne was imprisoned, and there wrote letters to Henry begging for the freedom of her innocent friends and family (her brother was accused of having relations with her.) and begging for the future of her daughter. It was all for naught- her accused lovers were tortued into admission- even though some of them were quite homosexual- and murdered. Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Anne saw the beheading of her brother George, her best friend, and probably also homosexual, through the bars of her tower window.

    Anne Boleyn was executed May 19, 1536. Laying her head on the chopping block, she repeatedly commended her soul to God, and then, the scandal of christendom, the woman who caused the birth of a new religion, the second wife of Henry VIII, was beheaded.

    Henry married Jane Seymour eleven days later.
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    I'm the same type of woman as marm and Anne Boleyn. Yay! ... I guess.

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    Keeping in mind that educated/education in this question refers to a level of learning equivalent to completing college and/or grad school, and intelligence refers to common sense as well as book sense, which of these describes your mental abilities best:

    Above normal intelligence and well-deucated

    Normal intelligence, but well educated

    Normal intelligence, but not necessarily educated.

    It's the 1500s. Why would a woman even know how to read???

    Above normal intelligence, but not necessarily well-educated.
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    Katharine of Aragon

    Dutiful, Loyal, Loving, Dignified, Devout, Headstrong.

    Katharine the Queen was the first of Henry's wives, and one of the most beloved monarchs. A devout Catholic, Katherine was solemn, dignified, loyal, and stubborn, until the day she died. Previously married at 16 to Prince Arthur, Henry VIII's brother, Katharine steadfastly maintained her virginal status was true upon her marriage to Henry after Arthur's death. As Arthur was ill at the time he married Katharine, he likely was unable to consumate the union; Katharine well could have been a virgin on marrying Henry. Katharine was 23; Henry, 18.
    Although it is quite probable that Henry did love Katharine when they were married, the betrothal would come to a tragic end. The bible states that a man who takes his brothers wife will never bear children, and the union would be unclean- and although Henry maintained this to be his reason for wanting to be free of her (and Henry may well have believed his own rhetoric- he was trained to enter church service, not to be king), the more likely reason was his infatuation with Anne Boleyn.

    Katharine suffered many miscarriages, never giving him a son, only Princess Mary (who would grow to become Bloody Mary); Anne Boleyn promised him a son upon marriage. This cemented Henry VIII's resolve, and in 1533, he divorced Katherine, after a seven year battle with the Roman Catholic Church, leading to his excommunication and the Reformation.

    Katharine fought Henry tooth and nail, maintaining her virtue was intact when she wed Henry, despite his assertion that she had had relations with Prince Arthur and was therefore unable to have been elligible for marriage. She refused to conceed, no matter what reason Henry appealed to. Even as Henry sent Princess Mary away, ostensibly to be educated as a princess, but really as a form of punishment for Katharine, she would not relent. Henry forbade Katharine contact with their daughter, and in his zeal to be rid of Katharine, inadvertently abandoned Mary.

    In a last ditch attempt to be rid of her and free to marry Anne Boleyn, Henry demanded Katherine resign her throne and enter a nunnery. Katherine refused- she was the rightful queen and would not abdicate her crown.

    Frustrated, Henry banished Katharine from the castle, sending her to live in isolation, with one lady in waiting and a meager stipend. Sent to a castle so shabby that it leaked water and was crusted in mold, Katherine lived just three years more. She had not seen her daughter Mary in more than five years, and was reputed to have had her daughters name on her lips when she finally died of heartache, stress, and the shabby conditions to which she was exiled.

    She wrote a dying letter to Henry professing her love for him had not been changed, and forgiving him for his actions against her. It is unknown if Henry read the letter- he had been rejecting Katharine's mail for years- but her death had a profound effect, and was one of several events that marked the beginning of the end for his marriage to Anne Boleyn.

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    Katharine Parr

    Intelligent, Kind, Headstrong, Outspoken, Nurturing

    "To Be Useful In All That I Do"

    Katharine Parr was Henry's sixth, final, and surviving wife. She was highly intelligent, somewhat educated, stylish on a scale that exceeded any of Henry's previous wives, devout, and kind. She believed in the Reformation, making many enemies in the kings court- many of whom were still conservative catholics. It should be noted that although Henry broke with the Catholic church in order to wed Anne Boleyn, and brought the Reformation to England, Henry remained a devout Catholic throughout his life. The religion that he created, he actually wanted no part of, and was just as likely to kill a Protestant for the crime of heresy as he would a Catholic. Katharine was a devout Protestant on the verge of evangelical, a flaw that Henry indulged when he was feeling well, but that infuriated him when he was not.

    So outspoken was Katharine Parr that her conservative opponents hatched a plan to have her arrested- but the person to serve the warrant dropped it in sight of one of Katharine's loyal courtiers. They raced ahead to warn her, and Katharine avoided arrest by feigning illness. During one of Katharine's lectures, Henry was ill, and infuriated, and it is quite likely that it was Henry himself who ordered a false arrest warrant in order to frighten Katharine into minding her opinions, or quite possibly very much intended to have her arrested.

    Henry was furious, and chastised her for being too outspoken, too proud, and far outplaying her station. Katharine appeased Henry by saying the only reason she argued with him was so that she could be corrected and instructed by him. Katharine had a very good understanding of the king's vanity, and by appealing to it, she saved her neck as well as her marriage- Henry would lavish her with presents and affection openly and often throughout the marriage.

    The twice widowed Katharine had never been allowed to marry for love, and marrying the king was no different- she had caught his eye at court, and a king would have what a king would have.

    Katharine did not love Henry, but she was always good and affectionate with him. Henry's age, weight, and illness took a toll on his virility, but he was able to consumate, and more often than not- Katharine ordered black satin nightdresses and spent most nights in the kings chamber. She nursed over his ulcerated leg, doted on him during his legendary migraines, and could be seen sitting on his lap during court. Henry had married twice for power, twice for lust, and now, twice for love- Katharine Parr was considered as beloved to him as Jane Seymour, if not more so- when gone to France, he left Katharine as regeant, or sole ruler in his absence. He had granted this distinct power to no other wife except Katharine of Aragon. He returned from France to find his kingdom well run, which probably made him love her all the more.

    Katharine was also good hearted, and not at all under the delusion that she would bear the king's desired second male heir. Henry was in his 50s, obese, and in failing health. His relationships with his daughters, in particular Princess Mary, had been damaged terribly by his disasterous marriages to Katharine of Aragon, his first wife, and Anne Boleyn, his second. Jane Seymour, his third wife, had bore him a sole male heir, and had made mending the kings familial relations a priority, but she died 12 days after childbirth. Anne of Cleves, wife four, had been a good stepmother for the child Elizabeth, and maintained friendship with Mary, but had not attempted to reconcile Henry with his daughters. Catharine Howard, wife five, was far too involved in her own indescretions and was far too immature to mother any child, and had nothing to do with either princess, or the prince.

    Katharine Parr, however, was a loving stepmother to both princesses, and after Henry's death, Elizabeth lived with her and husband Thomas Seymour- brother of third wife Jane Seymour- whom she had always been in love with. Indeed, Katharine and Thomas' love affair was interrupted by the King's want of her, and they had parted no less in love, but aware that Henry's wishes took precedent over their own. Thomas Seymour, however, was easily seduced by the power to be inherited through Katharine on the king's death, and his naked ambition cost Katharine her sovereignity- they married too soon after the king's death, and the people would not accept him as sovereign king. Katharine was not fussed- she had not asked to be queen, after all- but Thomas was furious. His brother was custodian of Prince Edward, a family feud that would come to a head during Edwards reign.

    Thomas was also the modern day equivalent of a child molester- he would enter Elizabeth's room while she was in bedclothes under the pretense of 'playing a game'. Things were fine when Katharine was present- but Seymour began entering without Katharine's presence, and doing more than playing little games with Elizabeth. He was charged with being 'too forward' with Elizabeth, and Katharine had no choice but to send her away- a heartbreak for her, as she thought of Elizabeth as her own daughter.

    Henry VIII died in January of 1547, after four years of marriage. Katharine was finally free to marry for love, hence her hasty marriage to Thomas Seymour. Thrice widowed and childless, Jane became pregnant in November of 1547, but fell victim to the poor medical knowledge of the 16th century, and died 6 days after giving birth to a daughter. Besides being the only surviving and most loved wife of Henry, she left behind religious writings that are still considered some of the most profound and beautiful works of devotional literature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustHer View Post
    I read "deuce" and I lol'ed
    Yes, that cracked me up too. How ironic!

    ... I got Katherine Parr as well.
    (Intelligent, Kind, Headstrong, Outspoken, Nurturing; "To Be Useful In All That I Do")

    Katherine Parr - 61%
    Katherine of Aragorn - 51%
    Jane Seymour - 47%
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    Katharine of Aragon

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    Katherine Parr
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    Anne Boleyn. The winner with 70% :crowd cheers:
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    Your result for The Six Wives of Henry VIII Test ...

    Jane Seymour
    Shy, Timid, Pure, Chaste, Familial, Warm, Obedient.

    "Bound to Obey and Serve"

    Jane Seymour was born into a noble line, and served Katharine of Aragon as well as Anne Boleyn. Henry likely chose Jane because she was Anne's polar opposite- chaste, timid, submissive, shy. Jane was also manipulated into marrying the king by her ambitious father and brothers, but unlike Thomas Boleyn, John Seymour was not seeking to destroy anyone in the kings court (the Boleyns were angling to be rid of Cardinal Wolsey), they wanted only to advance in it. Using a daughter to get into a king's graces was fair play in the 1500s, and Jane was no exception.

    Henry was still smarting over the controversy surrounding his very public romancing of Anne Boleyn, and courted Jane in a much different way. This was just as well- Jane was a quiet woman who did not want the attention, a pious girl who would not even dine alone with the king. He romanced her much as he did Anne, with poems, letters, and expensive jewels- she kept the letters, but returned every present he sent her. Jane was unassuming, guileless, and by all accounts, kind-hearted and good. When asked by Henry what she would most want to do as queen, Jane responded that she wanted to reconcile Henry with Katharine's daughter, the princess Mary.

    As Anne was imprisoned, Henry and Jane planned a wedding. To Henry, this was essential to do quickly- Anne was never really accepted as queen by anyone outside of England, and was not even recognized until after Katharine of Aragon's tragic death. Even then, she was still considered to be no more than the king's concubine, the royal whore, and their daughter was an undesired betrothal. His relationship with his and Katharine's daughter Mary had been irreparably damaged by his isolation and deposing of Mary after the birth of Anne's daughter, Elizabeth, and Henry had not restored her as sovereign heir, despite his bastardization of Elizabeth. Effectively, Henry VIII had no heir to his throne, and no legitimate wife. By ridding himself of Anne and taking Jane Seymore as quickly as possible, he could produce a legitimate heir that could not be questioned.

    The day after Anne Boleyn's beheading, Henry announced his betrothal to Jane. Ten days after, they were married. Jane did not have the lush coronation ceremony that Anne Boleyn had- in fact, Jane was never even crowned. Henry may have wanted to be sure she could give him an heir before he crowned her. In 1537, Jane did give him the heir he so desired- a healthy boy named Edward. True to her word, she had Mary stand godmother to the boy, and Elizabeth was present at his christening. Her son would overtake either of the girls' claim to the throne, but Jane was more interested in the welfare of the entire Tudor family than with succession to the throne.

    Unfortunately, childbirth was a dangerous affair, and twelve days later, Jane Seymour died of complications.

    She was one of Henry's most beloved, and he wore black until the end of 1538, in mourning. He would not marry again for two years- the longest time Henry VIII went without a wife. Her honorable position as mother of the male heir was never forgotten, and she was painted with Henry in pictures throughout the castle long after her death.

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