King Henry VIII and His Six Wives

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Kelly Macquire
published on 26 September 2021

Henry VIII is one of the most famous Kings in history, and that has a lot to do with his six wives and his quest for a male heir. King Henry VIII was born on June 28 1491, and was the son of King Henry VII of England. Henry VIII ruled as King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547 as the second Tudor King. Henry went through six wives on his search for an heir, and these women were: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. To remember these six wives of Henry VIII, there's a rhyme to help! Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, September 26). King Henry VIII and His Six Wives. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Macquire, Kelly. "King Henry VIII and His Six Wives." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 26, 2021.

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Macquire, Kelly. "King Henry VIII and His Six Wives." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 26 Sep 2021. Web. 21 Jul 2024.