Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Death of Katherine Parr

Death of Katherine Parr

      Today marks the death of Katherine Parr in 1548.  The sixth wife of Henry VIII, she, along with Anne of Cleves, would unlike four other wives survive him.
      Henry had children by three of his wives:  Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour (wives 1, 2 and 3).  Catherine died of natural causes, Anne was rendered shorter by a head, and Jane died of complications from childbirth.  Katherine Parr is one-half of the answer to a trick question - name the two wives of Henry VIII to have died from complications of childbirth.  After Henry’s death Katherine married Thomas Seymour and for the first time in four marriages became pregnant.  She died, however, in childbirth, the second of Henry’s wives to do so.

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