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Katherine Parr

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Short Biography and facts about the life of Katherine Parr - Sixth wife King Henry VIII & Stepmother to Queen Elizabeth I
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life Katherine Parr:

  • Nationality: English

  • Sixth wife King Henry VIII & Stepmother to Queen Elizabeth I
  • Lifespan: 1512 - 1548
  • Born: November 11, 1512
  • Married King Henry VIII: 12 July 1543
  • Widowed: 28 January 1547
  • After the death of King Henry VIII Katharine remarried Thomas Seymour
  • Died: 5 September 1548
  • Religion: Protestant 
  • Character of Katherine Parr : Intelligent, kind, dignified and obedient

Information, Facts & History about the life of Katherine Parr - Sixth wife of King Henry VIII & Stepmother to Queen Elizabeth I
The following are additional facts about the life and history of Katherine Parr - Sixth wife King Henry VIII & Stepmother to Queen Elizabeth I:

  • She was the daughter of Sir Thomas Parr of Kendal in the Lake District, and his wife, Maud Green
  • Katharine Parr was a respectable, well educated, wealthy widow
  • Her previous arranged marriages had been to much older men who she had nursed until their deaths
  • Sir Thomas Seymour, the flamboyant and handsome brother of the late Queen Jane was courting Katherine and she was about to accept his hand in marriage when she caught the eye of King Henry VIII
  • Henry VIII saw the educated Katharine Parr as an ideal wife - she had already married and nursed elderly husbands and had cared for her step children
  • Henry married Katherine in July 1543
  • Katherine made the mistake of taking the sides of people who were considered heretics including Anne Askew. Anne Askew was cruelly put to the rack and then executed
  • Katherine's involvement nearly led to her arrest, but she wisely apologised to King Henry taking the position of an ill advised and contrite wife
  • Katherine was forgiven and continued nursing King Henry
  • King Henry VIII eventually died in 1547. Katharine had survived the marriage
  • So ended the marriage of King Henry VIII and his sixth wife
  • Soon after the death of King Henry VIII she married Thomas Seymour
  • In August 1548 Katherine Parr gave birth to a baby girl.  She died of puerperal fever 7 days later
Tudor Timeline of Katherine Parr
The Katherine Parr timeline details the key dates and events in her life story.

1512 November 11: Katharine Parr was born at Blackfriars, London. She was the daughter of Sir Thomas Parr of Kendal in the Lake District, and his wife, Maud Green
1515: The education of Katharine Parr was excellent
1527 Katharine Parr married her first husband Edward, Lord Borough. He died in 1529
1532 Katharine Parr married her second husband John Neville, Lord Latimer
1542 February 13th - Catherine Howard was executed for adultery leaving King Henry VIII a widower
1542: Lord Latimer died leaving Katharine Parr ( Lady Latimer) an attractive and wealthy widow
1542: Lady Latimer, Katharine Parr, began a relationship with Thomas Seymour, the brother of the late queen Jane Seymour
1542: The gossip about the flamboyant Thomas Seymour and the wealthy Katharine Parr circulated around the court and Katherine caught the eye of the aging and bloated King Henry VIII
1542: Katherine Parr was obliged to break her relationship with the young, handsome Thomas Seymour in favor of the King of England
1543 July 12: The marriage between Katharine Parr and King Henry VIII took place at Hampton Court Palace
1546 May 24: The Protestant reformist Anne Askew was arrested and horribly tortured on the rack. Katharine Parr was horrified
1546: Katharine Parr came into great danger when Thomas Wriothesley nearly turned the king against her because of her involvement with heretics
1546: An warrant was drawn up for the arrest of Katharine Parr but she managed to reconcile with the King
1547: King Henry VIII died on 28th January
1547 May : Katharine Parr married Thomas Seymour with indecent haste following the death of her husband and King
1547: The fourteen year old Princess Elizabeth, Katharine Parr and her husband Thomas Seymour lived in the same household at the Admiral's property at Sudeley Castle
1547 November: Katharine Parr became pregnant by Thomas Seymour
1548: Early in 1548 Elizabeth left the household amid rumours of scandal with Thomas Seymour Teenage Scandal of Queen Elizabeth I
1548 August 30 : Katherine Parr gave birth to a baby girl by Thomas Seymour
1548 September 5 : Katharine Parr died of puerperal fever 7 days later at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire 

Influence of Katherine Parr - Sixth wife King Henry VIII & Stepmother to Queen Elizabeth I on the life of Queen Elizabeth I
What influence did Katherine Parr - Sixth wife King Henry VIII & Stepmother to Queen Elizabeth I have on the life of Queen Elizabeth I? Katherine Parr was a kind stepmother who gave the first stable home to Elizabeth. Katharine Parr supervised the education of Elizabeth and made John Cheke and Roger Ascham tutors to young Prince Edward and Elizabeth.

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