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Kathrine Parr

Katherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. She had been ,married twice before becoming Henry’s sixth wife. Her mother was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon and named her first daughter after her. She was fluent in French, Latin and Italian and began learning Spanish when she was queen. She married twice and she was widow twice. She met Thomas Seymour, brother of Queen Jane Seymour, at court and they had fallen in love. She wanted to marry him, but Henry VIII decided that she had to become his wife. So Katherine and Thomas parted with some promises for the future. Events moved quickly and Katherine and Henry VIII were married, People soon felt genuine affection for her. She was made Regent of England too (after Catherine of Aragon). Katherine was attracted to evangelical Protestantism and this was the problem. Suddenly Henry VIII was irritable. His ulcerated leg had grown worse, and he had recurrent headaches. But Katherine engaged the King in theological discourse and he felt very ill. So he got very angry with her and decided to arrest her. But she decided to play all her cards and she distract him from his illness. She was safe! But finally the King died in 1547. After Henry VIII’s death, she secretly married Thomas Seymour. She became pregnant and Mary born. She was soon fell victim to puerperal fever and she died.

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