The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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W
hen Henry VIII died on January 28, 1547, Catherine was free to shape her own future. She played no role in the regency for nine-year-old King Edward VI. Her official duties ended, Catherine finally looked to her own happiness.

After four years, Catherine could at last marry her true love. Less than four months after Henry's death, the Queen Dowager married the dashing Lord Thomas Seymour, Lord High Admiral and uncle to the king. As she wrote to Seymour, "God is a marvelous man."

Yet many were scandalized by the secret marriage. Mary counseled her half-sister Elizabeth to avoid Catherine Parr and rebuked Seymour for requesting her help in convincing the queen to publicize their marriage. It was left to the juvenile Edward VI to put down opposition in the Privy Council by announcing that he had long known and approved of the match.

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