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View Poll Results: Who is your favourite of King Henry VIII's six wives?
Catherine of Aragon 100 33.33%
Anne Boleyn 101 33.67%
Jane Seymour 34 11.33%
Anne of Cleves 30 10.00%
Katherine Howard 11 3.67%
Catherine Parr 24 8.00%
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:06 PM
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How interesting. You might have expected that Elizabeth would have been interested in the upbringing of this child and brought her to court, sort of paying back Katherine's interest in the young, neglected princess, if Mary had survived.

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Old 10-26-2009, 10:06 AM
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hi,for my point of view i find catherine of aragon is my favourite henry's wife because even if he wanted to divorce she refused for she was still in love with him.and that's enough for being the best

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Old 10-26-2009, 10:27 AM
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I simply vote for Ann, for without her, we wouldnt have my favorite Queen which was Elizabeth I!
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:40 PM
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I voted for Catherine Parr.

After two arranged marriages and twice being widowed, then finding passionate love with Thomas Seymour, Catherine did her duty to her country and married the King of England.

By all accounts, she was a very intelligent and prudent woman who set aside her own happiness for the sake of duty. And although I'm sure she cared for Henry, it was by no means the sort of love she felt for Thomas.

I'm sure the thought of marriage to Henry at that stage of his life was not pleasant, but she made a gracious queen that all of Henry's children were fond of.

The woman was a survivor, and she brought Henry and his children together as no previous queen had done.. so she deserves my vote.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:55 PM
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Charles and Henry conspired against the Francois, the King of France, but they also conspired against each other. Charles was known for his Hapsburg jaw, his appetite for food, like Henry, and his appetite for women, like Francois. Pity he could not wield greater influence on behalf of his aunt, Catherine of Aragon.
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:46 PM
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I agree with #124 - Catherine Parr probably wasn't the prettiest of Henry's queens, but she had staying power and knew how to perform the balancing act of being married to an impossible man.

Full marks to her for outliving him and the other queens.
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Full marks for her intelligence too. I believe she was the first queen of England to be a published author.
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:17 PM
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Love, love, love Anne of Cleves. IMO, she's the only one that stayed alive and lived out her life in the style she was accustomed to. She definately made the most of what the King gave her.
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Old 04-05-2010, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Renata4711 View Post
I agree with #124 - Catherine Parr.
Well, I agree with both of you!
Anne Boleyn would have been my second choice, not only because she was the mother of my beloved Elizabeth
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:20 PM
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Anne Boleyn is definitely my favorite! She's just so captivating, and I can't really explain why. It's funny how she was described that way in life, and she's still viewed that way hundreds of years after her execution.
What's the best biography of the wives collectively, or for each one individually, in your opinion?
I personally love Starkey's "Six Wives", and also Eric Ives's Anne Boleyn bio. I was also reading Hester W. Chapman's the other day (not the best, but quite interesting), and I saw that she used a source called, "Extracts from the Life of the Virtuous, Christian, and Renowned Queen Anne Boleyn" by Wyatt. I'm not sure if it was Wyatt the Older or Younger, but has anyone read/heard of this?
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:24 PM
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Catherine of Aragon. First, only and real wife of King Henry VIII.
I agree. My vote goes to Catherine of Aragon.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:04 PM
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I prefer Catherine of Aragon, although I was fascinated by Ann.

The problem with her though is that she wasn't smart enough. Which is why Catherine gets my vote. She humiliated both Henry and Ann repeatedly yet still kept her head, she was strong and courageous and fought for the rights of her daughter, she also maintained the love of her people (Catholic and protestant) throughout her life. Her dignity was unquestionable.

I also think Elizabeth was more like Catherine Parr, whom she was basically raised by. Ann was far too impulsive and had Elizabeth had any of her qualities then she wouldn't have lasted. Ann also favoured religous unsettlement (which we still have 500 years on) whereas Elizabeth was a peacekeeper (sort of)

I love Ann of Cleaves too! Another very smart queen who made the absolute best of a bad situation.
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Katharine of Aragon. Who can deny the daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand?
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:20 PM
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I voted for Catherine Parr. I liked the way she took a firm hand with the children to get them educated. I liked her style with the feather. She was shrewd to know about all the plots against her yet vulnerable to get sucked up into Henry's drama. She had her own things in her own right and had no ax to grind at the court. I am just sorry she died in child birth married to a man she thought was her great love and he didn't feel the same about her.
This is very similar to my opinion. I especially like Catherine's intelligence and savviness, being able to discuss sensitive topics like religion with the old King without angering him. I also feel bad about her tragic fate.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:55 PM
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Anne Boleyn's always been my favorite, but lately I've taken a big interest in Katherine Howard. She was so young and foolish and I just wish there was more history about her.
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:44 AM
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My favorite is Catalina de Aragón. Henry had had tender feelings, if not love, for her for more than 20 years. During the first year of their marriage, he admired her for her intellect and for her beauty – she was very pretty when she was young, according to Thomas More . She has learned French, Latin and Greek and counted among her friends Erasmus of Rotterdam. She was Ambassador (the very first woman to have this position in Europe) for the Spanish Court in England during her time as Dowager Princess of Wales. Catherine addressed the English army in full armour while pregnant when acting as regent at the time of Battle of Flodden. I can only think that besides his wish/need to have a male heir, Henry went through a midlife crisis (like many men do) and decided to start a “new life” with a younger woman. He was cruel, childish, selfish and deranged. It’s no surprise that the most handsome and intelligent prince of Europe ended up his life with his body showing all the ugliness he carried within.
Anne Boleyn, imo, was despicable, though cunning. And she would never mind England’s interests as Katherine did. While Katherine always led her life by courage, all the other wives led theirs by fear, egoism and/or shallowness.
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:36 AM
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Loving all ,but...
"Looking back over his life with the benefit of hindsight, it is likely that Henry himself would have said Jane Seymour.From a dynastic point of view, she was his only successful wife and the wife with whom he requested to be buried."Elizabeth Norton

"Jane Seymour is the only one to have given him a legitimate son, he included her on a family portrait long after her death, and he chose to be buried with her; this brings a dynastic element to his relationship with Jane that should not be overlooked."Dr Josephine Wilkinson

i agree
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by hilal View Post
Catherine of Aragon. First, only and real wife of King Henry VIII.
Her life was systematically stripped from her..she lost everything except her dignity and her Faith.

The noblest of Henry's wives by far.

I like Jane too, but she didn't live long enough for Henry to really grow weary of her. I am convinced he would have...I have read that he had already taken mistresses even before she became pregnant!
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:37 AM
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My favorite wife ? Catherine of Aragon. She was Henry's wife the longest and showed great courage during the lengthy divorce proccedings.
Henry , having obtained his divorce was only married to Anne Bolyn for about three years and we ( the English ) had years of religious turbulance because of it.
Catherine Parr would be my second choice, although I do think she was foolish not seeing through Thomas Seymour.
I read David Starkey's book "Six wives" and found this to be the best book I have read about any of these remarkable women, in my humble opinion they were remarkable. I think the one thing we should not forget is that all of these women were under the influence of the men that surrounded them , their lives in effect were sometimes not their own.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:40 AM
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Anne Boleyn is winningShe's my favorite

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