The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Henry VIII Jousting before His Queen
From the Great Tournament Roll of Westminster, Unknown, c. 1511
Credit: College of Arms

Part sport, part warfare, tournaments once involved violent clashes that resulted in heavy casualties. But during Henry VIII's reign, they became staged public spectacles in which the king displayed his wealth and magnificence to his subjects and foreign ambassadors. Tournaments were held in celebration of betrothals, births, and special holidays. In the tilt or joust, mounted knights raced towards each other on either side of a wooden partition, with lances raised, ready to unhorse their opponent. Competitors fought in pairs in a tilt, but alone in the joust. Jousting was one of Henry's passions and those skilled in the sport gained royal favor.
This tournament was held in honor of what queen?
What's your answer?
Catherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn
Catherine Howard