Ruling from 1509 until he died in 1547, Henry VIII is perhaps better known for his weight and his wives than the accomplishments of his reign. Test your knowledge of the love affairs of one of England's most infamous kings by taking this quiz.
True. Henry VIII had six wives. (Not at the same time; we mean in his lifetime.)
Catherine of Aragon, the youngest child of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain.
Catherine of Aragon was first Princess of Wales, married to Arthur, Prince of Wales.
Henry and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, were married for almost 24 years.
Henry broke with the Catholic church when he ended his marriage to Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn.
Anne Boleyn was executed in 1536, accused of adultery, treason and incest.
Anne was beheaded.
Anne Boleyn, lady-in-waiting to Catherine, became Henry's second wife in a secret ceremony in 1533.
Henry and Jane were married 10 days after Anne Boleyn's execution.
Catherine of Aragon is the mother of Mary, named after Henry's sister Mary Tudor, and his eldest child.
All are true, but Henry divorced Catherine because, although having six pregnancies with Henry, she didn't give birth to a male heir.
Jane Seymour gave birth to son Edward, Henry's male heir to the throne.
Jane Seymour, Henry's second wife, died just two weeks after giving birth to son Edward.
Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour are the three wives that gave birth to Henry VIII's legitimate children.
It's said that Anne Boleyn had six fingers on her right hand, or a hand deformity, but it's probably not true. It's believed she was given "witchlike" characteristics by Catholic propagandists.
In 1519 Bessie Blount gave birth to Henry Fitzroy, whom Henry VIII made Duke of Richmond. It's rumored Henry also had a son, Henry Carey, with Mary Boleyn, and, possibly other children out of wedlock.
Elizabeth was declared illegitimate after her mother Anne Boleyn's death.
Jane Seymour, his third wife, was never crowned.
Henry VIII said all of these things about wife Anne of Cleves, and their marriage was dissolved after six months.
A few months after marrying, Henry was already interested in Catherine Howard, who would be his fifth wife.
Sixteen months after her wedding, Catherine Howard, Henry's fifth wife, accused of adultery, was stripped of her title as queen and later executed.
Anne said, "I heard say the executioner is very good, and I have a little neck." It was Elizabeth I who said, "I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married"; and it's believed Catherine Howard's final words were, "I die a Queen, but I would rather have died the wife of Culpeper."
Accounting for annulled marriages, considered dissolved in the eyes of the church, Henry was married only to Jane Seymour, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
Catherine Parr's book, "Prayers or Meditations," came out in 1545, making her the first queen of England to be published.
All of Henry VIII's legitimate children ascended to the throne, as Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth I and King Edward VI.
False. Both Catherine Parr and Anne of Cleves survived Henry VIII.
Anne of Cleves was Henry's last surviving wife.
After Henry VIII died in 1547, Catherine Parr married Thomas Seymour.
It goes, "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived."
Jane Seymour is the only one of Henry's wives to be buried at St. George's Chapel with him.