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Tudor History Challenge 8 – Henry VIII’s six wives

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To celebrate, I jumped at the opportunity to humiliate Tim with another Tudor History Challenge. This time, it's on the six wives of Henry VIII.

Why don't you play along and see if you can do better than Tim?

The questions and answers are below this video...

1. What is the rhyme used by people to remember the fates of King Henry VIII’s wives?
2. In which year did Henry VIII marry Catherine of Aragon?
3. In which year was the young Anne Boleyn sent to join Margaret of Austria’s court?
4. What was the name of Jane Seymour’s family home? Bonus point: in which English county can it be found? (2 points)
5. True or false: Henry VIII called Anne of Cleves a “Flanders Mare”?
6. True or false: Catherine Howard was romantically involved with Thomas Culpeper before she married Henry VIII as well as afterwards?
7. For a possible 3 points, name Catherine Parr’s other 3 husbands. (3 points)
8. Name either of the books published by Catherine Parr.
9. When Catherine of Aragon was ill in December 1535, it was reported that she felt worse after consuming this and it, combined with the chandler’s report of her black heart, led to rumours that she’d been poisoned.
10. Which of Henry VIII’s wives is being described here: “everyone praises the lady’s beauty, both of face and body. One said that she excelled the Duchess [of Milan] as the golden sun did the silver moon”?
11. On which date in 1533 was Queen Anne Boleyn crowned at Westminster Abbey?
12. Where did Jane Seymour give birth to Edward VI in October 153, and also die 12 days later?
13. True or false: at her execution in February 1542, Catherine Howard cried out “I die a Queen, but I would rather die the wife of Culpeper.”
14. Where did Catherine Parr die in 1548 following the birth of a daughter?
15. Which of Henry VIII’s wives had the motto “God Send Me Well to Keep” as queen?

1. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.
2. 1509. They got married on 11 June 1509.
3. 1513.
4. Wulfhall (Wolf Hall), Wiltshire.
5. False. Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury, wrote in his 1679 book that Henry “swore they had brought over a Flanders mare to him”, but that is him saying that Henry VIII uttered those words and it is not backed up by contemporary evidence.
6. True. It was when she first arrived at court to serve Anne of Cleves.
7. Edward Burgh, John Neville 3rd Baron Latimer, and Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley.
8. Prayers or Meditations, or The Lamentation of a Sinner.
9. Welsh beer.
10. Anne of Cleves. It’s from a report by Henry VIII’s ambassador Christopher Mont.
11. 1 June.
12. Hampton Court Palace.
13. False. The account comes from the notoriously inaccurate Spanish Chronicle, and an eyewitness report makes no mention of these words and has Catherine and her lady, Jane Boleyn, making “the most Godly and Christian’s end” and giving the usual type of execution speech.
14. Sudeley Castle.
15. Anne of Cleves.

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