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

| September 5, 2017

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 […]

60 second history – Catherine Parr

| August 31, 2017

60 second history – Catherine Parr

After a bit of a break, I’m back to recording my 60 second history videos. As I’ve explained before, the idea of this 60-second history series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Die-hard Tudor history fans don’t, of course, need these videos, but I hope they act as introductions to […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries for a sixth and final time

| July 12, 2017

On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII took Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, as his sixth and final wife. The wedding took place in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, which can still be visited today, and was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was […]

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr dies at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2016

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in history, Wednesday 5th September 1548,”between two and three of the clock in the morning”, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Sudeley, and widow of Henry VIII, died at Sudeley Castle. She was only around thirty-six years of age and died of postpartum complications, probably puerperal fever, having given […]

12 July 1543 – The King’s marriage to Catherine Parr

| July 12, 2016

12 July 1543 – The King’s marriage to Catherine Parr

On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII married his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, widow of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer of Snape in Yorkshire, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace. The chroniclers only mention the marriage in passing, giving few details: “In this yere, the […]

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2015

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr at Sudeley Castle

Early in the morning of 5th September 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Sudeley, died at Sudeley Castle just a few days after giving birth to her first child, a daughter Mary. You can read more about Catherine’s death, and also the discovery of her remains in 1782, in my […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer

| July 12, 2015

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer

On 12th July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace. This was Henry VIII’s sixth and final marriage and Catherine was also not new to marriage, having been married and widowed twice before, firstly to Edward Burgh (or Borough), son of Sir Thomas Burgh and grandson […]

25 April 1544 – Queen Catherine Parr’s first work is published

| April 25, 2015

25 April 1544 – Queen Catherine Parr’s first work is published

On this day in history, 25th April 1544, Queen Catherine Parr’s English translation of John Fisher’s Latin work Psalms or Prayers was published. The book was published anonymously by the King’s printer, Thomas Berthelet, but Janel Mueller, editor of Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence points out there is “considerable circumstantial evidence” to point to […]