Now see how much you can remember about each of Henry’s six wives.
Catherine of Aragon
Which Spanish palace was Catherine’s home when she was in her early teens?
How long were King Henry VIII and Catherine married for?
Did the couple have children?
How did it end?
(a) Divorced (b) Beheaded (c) Died
Where were Henry and Anne married?
Who decided it was time to get rid of Anne Boleyn?
Where was Anne executed?
Which Spanish palace was Catherine’s home when she was in her early teens? How long were King Henry VIII and Catherine married for?
Where did Henry meet the gentle Jane Seymour?
What were Jane’s favourite hobbies?
Anne of Cleves
Who painted the portrait of Anne of Cleves for Henry?
How long did Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves last for?
What was the age gap between Henry and Catherine Howard?
What was the name of the nobleman she fell in love with?
How many times had Catherine been married?
What was the name of Catherine’s beloved dog?
Catherine spent her early teens in Alhambra in Granada, the most spectacular of palaces in Spain.
Henry’s marriage to his first wife was the longest of his life, lasting for almost 24 years
Children? Yes: a girl, Mary, born 1516.
(a) Divorced. Or rather, ‘annulled’, because Henry’s churchmen claimed it had never been a real marriage in the first place.
Children? Yes: a girl, Elizabeth, born 1533.
Henry’s chief adviser Thomas Cromwell was instrumental in getting rid of Anne Boleyn three years after her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, was born.
(b) Beheaded. Henry brought the executioner over from Calais and paid him £24.
On Tower Green in the Tower of London.
Henry met Jane when he stayed with the Seymours at Wolf Hall in the summer of 1535.
Jane loved needlework and embroidery. She also enjoyed gardening, especially in the magnificent grounds of Hampton Court.
Children? Yes: a boy, Edward, born 1537.
(c) Died, after giving birth to Henry’s son, the future Edward VI.
Henry asked his favourite artist, Hans Holbein, to go to Cleves to paint the young princess.
The marriage lasted just six months.
Children? Not a hope!
(a) Divorced. She remained in England for nearly another two decades, rich, grumpy and very German, and died in 1557.
There was at least a 30-year age gap between Henry and Catherine.
Stories came out that Catherine had fallen for a handsome nobleman, Thomas Culpepper.
(b) Beheaded. She was so frightened she could barely climb up to the scaffold, and had to be helped by the prison warders.
Henry was her third husband. She was first wed at 17 to Sir Edward Burgh. He died after just four years. Her second husband was nobleman Lord Latimer.
Catherine had a spaniel called Rig who wore a velvet collar.
None of them! She survived Henry and married a fourth husband. But luck turned against her, and in 1548 she died in childbirth.