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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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nne's accomplishments were decidedly limited in comparison with those of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Raised "in a manner never far from" the elbow of her mother, Anne of Cleves only spoke German and could not play any musical instrument or sing. For music-mad Henry VIII, these would appear strong disadvantages, but Anne's reported skill at various needlework and embroidery was more in keeping with expectations. Though she knew no French or Latin, she was reported to be intelligent enough to learn English quickly. More important for the mother of Henry's heir, no doubt, was that Anne was not "inclined to the great cheer of this country" (beer) and had been thoroughly tasked in religious devotions.
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