After one more unsuccessful birth of a male heir
to the throne and word about Anne's infedelity, incest and treason against him became known Henry had her arrested and
she was soon put to trial and then beheaded on May 19 th 1536.
Three weeks later Henry married Jane
Seymour and they had a son they named Edward who would reign as king of England for 15 years after his untimely death
Jane died 12 days after the birth of the son she shared
Two years after the death of Jane Seymour Henry
married Anne of Cleves who was not the type of woman thAt he was attracted to
Henry was said to have referred to her as ugly and
stated that the last thing he wanted to do was marry her.
Never the less they were married January 6th 1540.
Anne of Cleves
Their marriage was annulled after 6 months and was not
Henry gave her the honorary title " The King's Sister"
and presented her with property which included Hever Castle (formerly the home of Anne Boleyn) and the Burgh of Bardfield
which included the Great Lodge estate near Braintree in Essex.
The next woman to become his queen was none other than
Katherine Howard .
Katherine was a feather brained young woman and whom
like her cousin Anne was executed for committing adultry.
Katherine Howard was executed on February 13 th 1453.
Henry then married Katherine Parr on July 12
She was an intelligent and well educated woman who was
a humanist and a secret protestant.
She was described as gentle, poised, kind and
maternal towards the kings three children and was an ideal stepmother for the kings three children.
In 1543 Katherine convinced Henry to reinstate both
Mary and Elizabeth in succession for the throne and by an act of parliament it was put into motion.
She remained his wife till the day of his death on January 28, 1547.