5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in history, 5th September 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and widow of Henry VIII, died early in the morning at Sudelely Castle. She’d given birth to her first child, a daughter named Mary, six days earlier, and it is thought that she died of puerperal fever, or some other kind of postpartum complication.

You can click here to read more about her death and burial.

Catherine was just thirty-six years old when she died, but she’d led an interesting life, having been married four times, having been taken hostage during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and having published two works. She was far from the boring nursemaid of myth!

You can read more about her in my article Catherine Parr – The Old Nursemaid?.

Here are more resources for you to find out about Catherine Parr:

I also recommend the following books:

The website TudorQueen6: The Life and Family of Queen Katherine Parr is great to browse too.

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