During his reign Henry Tudor was married six times.
Jane Seymour, 1508-1537. Became engaged to Henry May 20, 1536, one day after the death of Anne Boleyn. The couple married May 30. She gave birth to Edward VI in September, 1537, after a long, problematic labor and delivery. She never fully recovered from giving birth to her son and died October 24, 1537. She was the only one of Henry’s wives to receive the honor of a queen’s funeral. Seymore was buried at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where she was joined by Henry after his death. They were buried side by side at the chapel.
Anne of Cleves, 1515-1557. Most of Henry’s wives were well-educated, but Anne of Cleves was not. She was, however, very skilled in domestic work. Henry had been told about her, but after they met he felt she did not measure up to his advisors’ promisees. He did not want to marry the girl; however, the choice was not his.
Henry and Anne were married January 6, 1540. He did not sleep with his new wife on their wedding night. Within six months, Anne of Cleves was told that her husband no longer wished to be married. He used the fact that as a child Anne had been pre-contracted to marry someone else. Unlike Katherine of Aragon, Anne did not fight the king. She signed the annulment and in return was given money and a home of her own. After the annulment, Anne of Cleves was referred to as the king’s beloved sister. Anne out-lived Henry, passing away July 16. 1557. She also survived Henry’s 6th wife by nine years.
Catherine Howard, 1521-1542. The first cousin of Anne Boleyn. At a very young age Howard lived with her step grandmother, a Duchess. She was not supervised during this time and allegedly had several sexual partners while there. Howard attended court as a attendant for Anne of Cleves. She was very pretty and flirtatious.
Henry married Catherine July 28, 1540, almost immediately after the annulment from his fourth wife. At this point in his life the king was old and overweight. Soon after their marriage, Howard began an affair with Tomas Culpeper, a courtier. The two had flirted while Catherine was a ladies maid.
To keep others quiet about her past, Howard employed them within her household. Eventually someone gossiped and Henry discovered her past. When accused of treason, Howard never confessed, yet was found guilty. Both her recent and past lovers were executed. Howard was executed in February, 1542.
Catherine Parr, 1512-1548. Henry’s only wife who had been married before she married him. In total she was married four times. Tudor and Parr married July 12, 1543. This marriage was short-lived only because Henry died January 28, 1547. He provided Parr with alimony. Soon after Henry’s death, she married an old love, Tomas Seymore. The two had a daughter, Mary. Parr died days after giving birth to her daughter..