Henry VIII • He was big and handsome and wore fine clothes • He loved games, horse-riding and hunting • He spoke four languages, wrote poetry and played music
But most important to him… • He wanted to be a strong king, with a firm hold on the throne • He most wanted a son to succeed him
Catherine of Aragon • Married 1509 • She was daughter to the king of Spain • She had a daughter, Mary, but no sons • She was too old for more children • In 1533, Henry divorced her
Anne Boleyn • Married 1533 • She was young, pretty and witty • She had one daughter, Elizabeth • She was beheaded for being unfaithful in 1536
Jane Seymour • Married 1536 (11 days after execution of Anne) • She had a son, Edward, but died soon after (1537) • Henry probably loved her best of all his wives
Anne of Cleves • Married 1540 • The marriage made a link between England and Germany • Henry thought she was ugly • Divorced 1540 – the same year!
Catherine Howard • Married 1540 • She was 20, Henry was 49 • She was unfaithful • Executed in 1542
Catherine Parr • Married 1543 • She liked family life and looked after Henry’s children • She outlived Henry