The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Catherine's Rivals

Lady Elizabeth FitzWalter: Henry's eyes first lit on Lady FitzWalter during Catherine's second pregnancy in 1510. The 20-something Lady Elizabeth lived at court with her husband and was second cousin to the king. Her sister was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine. When word leaked of Lady Elizabeth's activities, she was banished to a convent. Enraged, Henry blamed Elizabeth's sister for informing the queen and Catherine herself for upbraiding him for the affair. As the Spanish ambassador wrote, "No one knows how it will end."

Bessie Blount: Always ready to dance or enjoy a joke, Elizabeth Blount was a flousy maid-of-honor who went on to bear, in 1519, the son that the queen so desired. Catherine attended the christening of the baby, named "Henry Fitzroy" (meaning 'son of the king'). Made the highest ranking peer of the realm, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond was expected to be named the king's heir. He would later be proposed as a possible husband for his half-sister, Princess Mary. The match never materialized, however, and Henry Fitzroy, after a brief time at the French court, died at the age of 17 from tuberculosis.

Mary Boleyn: The elder daughter of diplomat Sir Thomas Boleyn, Mary Boleyn was best known for her promiscuity. Francis I of France

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