Why did Henry VIII marry
six times?
Henry VIII
He was big and
handsome and wore
fine clothes
He loved games,
horse-riding and
He spoke four
languages, wrote
poetry and played
But most important to him…
He wanted to be a
strong king, with a
firm hold on the
He most wanted a
son to succeed him
Catherine of Aragon
Married 1509
 She was daughter to
the king of Spain
 She had a daughter,
Mary, but no sons
 She was too old for
more children
 In 1533, Henry
divorced her
Anne Boleyn
Married 1533
 She was young,
pretty and witty
 She had one
daughter, Elizabeth
 She was beheaded
for being unfaithful
in 1536
Jane Seymour
Married 1536 (11
days after execution
of Anne)
She had a son,
Edward, but died
soon after (1537)
Henry probably
loved her best of all
his wives
Anne of Cleves
Married 1540
The marriage made
a link between
England and
Henry thought she
was ugly
Divorced 1540 – the
same year!
Catherine Howard
Married 1540
 She was 20, Henry
was 49
 She was unfaithful
 Executed in 1542
Catherine Parr
Married 1543
She liked family life
and looked after
Henry’s children
She outlived Henry

Why did Henry VIII marry six times?