Catherine Parr was the sixth wife of Henry VIII at the young age of thirty-one. Catherine's mother, Maud Green was a lady in waiting for Catherine of Aragon. When Maud had her first daughter, she named her Catherine after the queen. So interestingly, Henry's last wife had been named after his first wife. Catherine was an educated woman and had been taught in several languages, Italian, French, Latin and eventually Spanish.
However, she wasn't widowed for long because King Henry asked for her hand in marriage. On July 12th, the same year that she'd lost her second husband, she married her third husband, the King of England. Catherine became the first Queen of England to also be the Queen of Ireland, following Henry's adoption of the title King of Ireland.
Like most of Henry's wives, Catherine had her woes as well. Catherine was a sympathizer for the Protestants and interested in the reformed faith. That made her unpopular or even enemies with the conservatives in court. In 1546 that influence brought the conservative faction after her. Anne Askew, who was a practicing Protestant was questioned and tortured in the attempt to gain evidence against the queen. But Anne refused to recant her faith or give up her queen. But even without information from Anne Askew the faction had gathered enough evidence to arrest the queen. The warrant for Catherine's arrest was somehow dropped and someone who was loyal to the queen quickly went and told her. Catherine then became very ill. We will never know if this was a true illness or a ruse to buy her time. Henry in his concern came to see her. She swore to him that she only argued with him to take his mind off his suffering from his ulcerated leg. She played on Henry's vanity and the two were reconciled.
Catherine wrote a book, Prayers or Meditation and published it under her name. She was the first queen to do so. After Henry's death she wrote another book titled, The Lamentation of a Sinner.
Catherine had a close relationship with her step children. She was also active in their education, especially the younger two, Elizabeth and Edward. In 1547 Henry died. Two months later Catherine married Thomas Seymour the late Queen Jane Seymour's brother. Because the marriage happened so quickly and secretively a scandal arose.
In 1548 Catherine became pregnant for the first time at age 36. She gave birth to a little girl on August 30th and named her Mary. Catherine soon became ill and on September 5th, just a few days after giving birth, she died of an infection caused from giving birth.
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