The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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O
nly the black satin nightgowns purchased by Catherine Parr give any indication of the extent of her romance with Henry VIII. The match is not usually associated with physical desire, and some historians speculate that Henry may even have been impotent at the time. Catherine's known attentions to the king are more tender than passionate. She would reportedly stroke Henry's stinking, wounded leg for hours, holding it in her lap.

No doubt the 30-something queen spent much of that time thinking of the man she had turned away to marry the king. Sir Thomas Seymour was the dashing, handsome uncle to Prince Edward and a man who had won Catherine's heart while she was still nursing her dying second husband, John Neville, Lord Latimer. But two weeks before Latimer's death, King Henry began his own campaign, sending Lady Latimer "pleats and sleeves" and, later, Italian gowns.



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