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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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Catherine Howard | 1525?-1542
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Catherine Howard

hough Catherine was raised Catholic, she was not pious like Catherine of Aragon. Yet this teen-ager represented the Catholic conservative faction's best hope for influencing the king to restore the Catholic faith to its pre-Reformation prominence. It was at the house of Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, a devotee of the Catholic cause, that Henry VIII would first meet Catherine Howard. When it was clear that the king was captivated by Catherine, the duke of Norfolk, leader of the Catholic faction and Catherine's uncle, took advantage of the situation and hatched a plan. A bubbly flirt, Catherine was meant to distract the king from religious reformers like Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Intro Background Why choose this wife? Role as queen King vs. queen Love Life Children Ultimate fate