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Re: Which of Henry VIII's wives...
« Reply #60 on: September 15, 2006, 04:44:16 PM »
Well, they were popular names at the time! The only other common ones were Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret, I think. He called Katherine Parr 'Kate'.
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Re: Which of Henry VIII's wives...
« Reply #61 on: September 15, 2006, 07:13:53 PM »
There wasn't a lot of diversity in the way of names. He married three C/Katherine's, two Anne's, and a Jane and was involved with an Elizabeth "Bessie" and a Mary (Boleyn) and goodness only know who else. His mother was an Elizabeth, and his sisters were Margaret, Mary, and Katherine and Elizabeth who both died young. His daughters were Mary and Elizabeth. His grandmothers were Elizabeth and Margaret. The only diversity was really in his aunts' names: Mary, Margaret, Catherine, Anne, Bridget, and Cecily. When reading about this time in history it sometimes gets confusing with so much name repetition. Ditto a few hundred years down the line with all the Victorias. Thank goodness for nicknames.

As for being on topic, I would have most hated to be Anne. Like someone said, she came between a queen that was beloved by the people and the queen that gave Henry what he wanted. She's the one that history has most labelled a "ho". I'd rather be forgotten than remembered like that.

If I had to be one I'd pick Anne of Cleves. She got to go away quietly, with her head intact. At that point in Henry's life I don't think she was exactly itching to sleep with Henry so that he could have more male heirs either. The same with Katherine Parr, except Katherine died giving birth and suspecting her husband was having an affair with her stepdaughter. Anne just had a happier existance.

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Re: Which of Henry VIII's wives...
« Reply #62 on: September 18, 2006, 12:46:23 PM »
Indeed, it makes most sense to choose her. I think these names were common at the time, that's why it seems repititive. I am sure Henry never got confused though. ;)


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Re: Which of Henry VIII's wives...
« Reply #63 on: July 03, 2007, 01:09:09 PM »
i can't pick a specific one. i wouldn't have wanted to be any of them.


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Re: Which of Henry VIII's wives...
« Reply #64 on: May 05, 2014, 12:53:18 AM »
How bout I am neither of his wives and instead I am Elizabeth of York or Isabella of Castille? Yeah, can I do that?
Anne Boleyn is my fav but I dont think I could stand living her life. She is Perseus by a man who won't take no for an answer, everyone hates her, loses 7yrs of her life waiting for her touchy feely king to marry her, then he murders her when she is no longer of use.

The next one would be Katherine Parr. Married 3x for political reasons; she had the good sense to not want to marry King wife killer but not the means to get out of it; he tries to kill her but has a change of heart. Her fourth marriage is to a man she loves who ends up sexually harassing her step daughter.