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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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he figure lurking in Catherine Parr's background would spell no trouble for the king, but much worry in future for his queen. (See Ultimate Fate.) He was Sir Thomas Seymour, younger brother of the late Queen Jane, uncle to the heir apparent Prince Edward, and dashing lady's man and schemer extraordinaire. After the death of her second husband, Lord Latimer, Catherine had entertained Seymour's overtures and the two had discussed marriage. But when the king expressed his interests, Catherine had put aside love for duty. Henry, never one to stomach a rival, had assisted Catherine's conscience by quickly dispatching this former brother-in-law on a diplomatic mission to Brussels. Catherine's choice had been made, but Thomas Seymour would not disappear.

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