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who is your favourite wife?
November 3, 2012
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Mine is Anne Boleyn because smile lightens me everyday
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November 3, 2012
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anyone?
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November 3, 2012
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November 3, 2012
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Hello erim6714 and welcome to the ABFiles. Sorry I have not been online to see this earlier.
Of course, Anne Boleyn is a favorite on this site. Personnally, I admire all of Henry’s wives. They all had to deal with a self-centered king who seemed to love himself more than he loved anyone else. They were all very brave women.

November 3, 2012
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well, thank you for replying sharon LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

November 3, 2012
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oh and it’s ok that you didnt come earliar to see thisLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

November 4, 2012
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There’s another similar thread kicking around the forum somwhere which is why I didn’t respond here..

After Anne comes Anne and then it’s a toss up between Catalina or Katherine P..

Anne of Cleves took a personally hurtful attack and not only rose above it but made a new and much better life in England, she was very savvy..

It's always bunnies.

November 4, 2012
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nk you for replyingLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

November 4, 2012
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i mean thank you for replying LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

December 25, 2012
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Both Anne Boleyn and her cousin Katherine (or Catherine) Howard were my favourites of Henry VIII’s wives. Anne Boleyn was fiery, feisty, and sexy. And her cousin Katherine (or Catherine) Howard was sweet, sensual, and a luxury-loving hedonist. The fiery passion of Anne and the sensual hedonism of Katherine (Catherine) describe me perfectly.

December 25, 2012
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I admire most of them in different ways, Anne the most though for her strong personality and how she rose as far as she did, her determination and her strong intellect are just a few reasons why :) ! I also have a strong admiration for Katherine of Aragon and the way she held onto her beliefs with such determination in her darkest hour! Katherine Parr and how she tried to promote her Protestant beliefs in the courts dangerous climate at the time, and how she was able to plead with Henry when she was about to be arrested! Anne of Cleves for her negotiating at the divorce and diplomatically remaining on good terms with Henry and all his wives after her! i think Katherine Howard could have been much better if she had more time as Queen, but as LadyMarie said her sweetness and her wishing for everyone around her to be happy are great caring qualities to have as a Queen! i would say Jane Seymour is the one i least admire, mainly because their’s very little impact i feel she made as Queen- though i do think that she on purpose considering the fates of KOA and Anne, but in general i find her the least admiring and interesting,

December 25, 2012
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Each wife has their own merits.

Catherine of Aragon well she was a passionate and devoted wife to Henry who you must admit put up with a awful lot of Henry’s tantrums.

Anne Boleyn. She is my favourite as she did so much more for Henry than is given credit for. She showed him that he could rule and not just reign.
She pulled out of the hole called Catholisim and removed the rose tinted glasses that he had been wearing for most of his life. Most of she gave us the great Elizabeth, what Henry started with Anne’s help Elizabeth finished and she finished it with style.

Jane Seymour well she was the balm for his wounded nerves and yes the fact she had a son endeared her to Henry all the more, but I feel that at times he perhaps felt a little bored by Jane’s continued aquiessence of what he was doing. She showed she did have a little thunder though when she tried to stop Henry from dissolving the Church, but when told to shut up she did. If that had been Anne she would have challenged him to a certain degree. Jane dying as she did was upsetting to Henry but at the same time he can’t have really thought that highly of her as he was looking around for another wife only a week or so later. However Jane did another thing apart from have a son and that was to reunite Henry with his daughters, it was an uneasy reunion but it was better than nothing.

Anne of Cleves. Cruel though it sounds she was perhaps the bottom of barrel wife. No powerful princess wanted much to do with him. I believe it was Christina of Denmark who said of Henry “If I had two heads the King of England could dispose of one as he wished” or something like that. Marie de Guise another of Henry’s favourites quickly rushed though her marriage with James V after she found out about Henry’s interest in her. So Anne was really the last hop of any political alliance. As it turned out it was a marital disaster, but it turned out all for the good in the long run. Anne did very well out of the whole situation, she used her head and as a result kept it on her shoulders. Henry and she actually became good freinds and I can’t help wondering that if he had actually given his marriage a chance to her it would have been quite a successful one. Henry must have had some sort of feelings towards her as Mary and Elizabeth did spend sometime with Anne, and whatever Henry was or wasn’t he wouldn’t have allowed somebody he didn’t trust or know with the wellbeing of his children.

Catherine Howard. She was really Henry’s trophy wife. Unfortunatly her main trouble was that she really wasn’t mature enough to see that with her marriage to Henry, she was expected to behave in a dignified manner befitting a Queen. She was basically a very silly little girl who had been brought up in a very irresponisible way. But that doesn’t mean she was stupid, she was a very kind hearted girl who just made very wrong choices. In short a teenager.

Catherine Parr she was just the right person for Henry especially now he was older. She was gentle and kind and did a lot for not just Henry but for the children too. She reunited the family completely and helped to reinstate Mary and Elizabeth into inheriting the throne. She also proved an effective ruler when Henry went off into France to give the French a bloody nose. Her religious reforms were a little too much for Henry at times and she did sail very close to the wind a few times, but due to her diplomacy and tact she was able to weather the storm and survived. It’s a great shame that she didn’t live long enough to enjoy her freedom, and her only problem she had was refusing to see Thomas Seymour for what he really was and that in turn placed Elizabeth in great danger.

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January 30, 2013
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Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn as they were both tenacious and stubborn and fiesty and determined.

May 20, 2013
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Mine is Katherine of Aragon, she kept her dignity and was a very strong woman. Anne is my second favourite, as she is the spitting image of myself :)

September 30, 2013
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My favorite is Catherine of Aragon. She was a very dignified and determined woman, a true Princess of Spain. I was impressed with how she dealt with Henry during their marriage, and how she defeated the Scots for Henry while he was fighting in France.

February 17, 2014
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For me it is Catherine of Aragon without a doubt. Anne piques my curiosity and fascinates me the most, but Catherine’s dedication and loyalty are to be admired. Even after all he had done to both her and their daughter, she loved him to the end and acted like a true royal. If only she had borne a son to be the heir things might have been a whole lot different!

March 12, 2014
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Annek Boleyn and Jane Seymore where my favs.

March 13, 2014
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Katherine Howard; she’s an incredibly endearing and impressive woman when one bothers to research her, and I love her for contradicting every misconception that history has associated with her. She was not the “very silly little girl who had been brought up in a very irresponisible way, [not] mature enough to see that with her marriage to Henry, she was expected to behave in a dignified manner befitting a Queen” that history likes to depict her as being. She actually strikes me as being very similar to Jane Seymour, who I also really love.

Honestly, though, I love them all, and find them all fascinating, possibly with the exception of Katherine Parr, purely because I barely research her and know so little about her! I need to remedy that, however, for she does seem a fascinating woman.

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June 29, 2014
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Catherine of Aragon – she was strong and although stubborn sometimes she acted like a true wife and Queen.

January 12, 2016
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For me is has to be Anne Boleyn.

I can’t put my finger on why but i feel such a strong connection to her. I’m quite a strong person and not a lot bothers me but earlier this month i visited the Tower Of London for the very first time. . .
Walking through, seeing the different parts of the Tower and the portraits of those held there – knowing that most (if not all) met the same fate as Anne, it didn’t bother me one bit. But (even though i’ve seen it online and elsewhere) for some reason i was overcome with emotion upon seeing the portrait of Anne Boleyn. I felt so angry and upset at what had taken place and had happened to her, and i was crying as we visited the spot where her execution took place!

Then again at home, watching the “Tudors” DVD,in which Anne Boleyn is portrayed by Natalie Dormer, all those people being executed, sat there watching it no problem. But when it came to Anne’s arrest and execution i once again was fighting to hold back the tears!

I have never ever experienced anything like it in my life and have no explanation as to why it happened and why i felt the way i did. It was very bizzare. xxx

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