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The Six Wives of Henry VIII Divorced beheaded died divorced beheaded survived these are the ultimate fates of the six wives of Henry VIII Henry took his first bride Catherine of Aragon when he was seventeen They lasted twenty-four years together but Catherine suffered through many miscarriages and failed to produce a male heir Henry then fell in love with Anne Boleyn the mother of Elizabeth I Their relationship transformed England forever but Henry had Anne beheaded and married his next wife Jane Seymour days after Annes execution At last Seymour gave birth to Henrys longed-for-son Edward VI What followed was a beauty contest which ended in the Kings brief marriage to the mare of Flanders Anne of Cleves Finally there were the two Catherines Catherine Howard the flirtatious teenager whose adulteries made a fool of the aging kind and who was the second bride to lose her head and Catherine Parr the shrewd religiously radical author who outlived him Catherine of Aragon was the youngest surviving child of the Catholic Kings Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon She was betrothed from an early age to Henrys older brother Prince Arthur In preparation of her future as Queen Consort she was schooled in Latin and French religious texts Roman history philosophy civil and church law plus traditional bridal skills - embroidery music dance drawing and even cooking In 1501 Catherine aged sixteen arrived in England to wed Arthur Their marriage did not last long however as Arthur died the following year Catherines parents eager for an
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