Catherine Parr (To Be Useful in All I Do)

15 Nov

Born: 1512

Died: 5th September 1548

Catherine Parr was Henry’s sixth and final wife. Catherine was the only wife of Henry’s that survived him. Henry and Catherine were married on the 12th July 1543. Catherine Parr took a major interest into Henry’s three children, their education and their care. Especially Princess Elizabeth. Catherine Parr nursed and read to Henry when he became ill and then in 1547 King Henry VIII died. When Henry died Catherine became the soul guardian of Princess Elizabeth. Catherine was now free to marry the man that she wanted to marry before she caught the eye of Henry. Catherine married Thomas Seymour 6 months after Henry’s death. This was Catherine fourth marriage in her lifetime and also her final marriage. Catherine soon became pregnant with her and Thomas’s first child. Catherine gave birth to a healthy baby girl in 1548. Catherine and Thomas named their new born daughter Mary Seymour. However, their happiness was short lived Catherine became ill, she sadly died of the same ill that took her sister-in-law Jane Seymour’s life which was childbed fever. Catherine was buried at St. Mary’s Chapel at Sudeley Castle.

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