1512 - 1548 (35 years)
||Katherine Parr, Queen of England |
||11 Nov 1512
||5 Sep 1548
||complications of childbirth
||St. Mary's Church at Sudeley Castle.
||16 May 2005 |
- Katherine Parr was born around 1512. In her teens she married a man named Lord Borough, who was in his sixties. He soon died and Katherine married another older man, Lord Latimer. Katherine and her second husband frequently visited the royal court, and Henry became fond of the auburn-haired Lady Latimer.
Lord Latimer died in March 1543 and Henry quickly began courting Katherine. She was in love with Jane Seymour's handsome brother Thomas, but she didn't dare refuse the king. On July 12, 1543, Henry and Katherine were married.
Henry was old and ill now, and legend has it that Katherine was as much a nurse to him as a wife. She was good to his children and helped him reconcile with Catherine of Aragon's daughter Mary.
But Katherine's keen intellect and radical religious views placed her in danger. She argued with Henry about religion and he angrily ordered her arrest. Learning of this, Katherine took to her bed crying, which so distressed Henry that he cancelled the arrest warrant. After that Katherine took care not to dispute with the king.
Henry VIII died on January 28, 1547. Within months Katherine had married her true love, Thomas Seymour. But Seymour soon betrayed her by trying to seduce her stepdaughter, Henry's daughter Elizabeth. Henry VIII's last unfortunate wife died from complications of childbirth on September 7, 1548.
Interestingly enough, at little Katherine's birth, on November 11, 1512, the Queen Catherine of Aragon (Katherine Parr's future husband's first wife) gave her a gift with the initials K.I.P. delicately embroidered in a circlet of gold inside a cloth with the same initials. These initials stood for: "Katherina, Infanta Princess, Plus Oultre." The nuns at Granada, Spain were said to have embroidered these initials and the four little trumpets at the corners. Katherine of Aragon told Maud Parr that these were originally made for her by her mother Queen Isabella. Katherine's father, Thomas Parr, had grown up with young Henry Tudor. Sir Thomas Parr was a descendant of Edward III. Maud was the daughter of Sir Thomas Green. The Parrs were very close to the Royal Family. Thomas died on November 11, 1577, of the "sweats" after the family had spent the summer at Kendal Castle, the ancient seat of the Parr family (since the 14th century), located in Westmoreland (in 1524)