Yo! Whats up guys! Me and fizzy worked on this and this video is all about Katherine Parr! DIVORCED BEHEADED DIED, DIVORCED BEHEADED SURVIVED. Enjoy! (2 hours to edit it, worth it? YEP)
She was the eldest child out of her 2 siblings, William, and Anne. Her father was a close companion to Henry V111. Catherine’s mother was a close friend and attendant of Catherine of Aragon, and Catherine Parr was probably named after Queen Catherine, who was her godmother. It was once thought that Catherine Parr had been born at Kendal Castle in Westmorland. However, at the time of her birth, Kendal Castle was already in very poor condition. During her pregnancy, Maud Parr remained at court, attending the Queen, and by necessity the Parr family was living in their townhouse at Blackfriars. Historians now consider it unlikely that Sir Thomas would have taken his pregnant wife on a two week journey north over bad roads to give birth in a crumbling castle in which neither of them seemed to spend much time at.
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Catherine’s father died when she was young so she and her mother were very close whilst growing up. Parr developed a passion for learning which would continue throughout her life. She was fluent in French, Latin and Italian, and began learning Spanish after becoming queen.
In 1529, at the age of seventeen, Catherine married Sir Edward Burgh. He was said to be in his twenties and may have been in very poor health. He died in spring of 1533, not surviving to inherit the title ‘Baron Burgh’.
After her first husbands demise, Parr had spent time with the Dowager Lady Strickland, Catherine Neville, who was the widow of Catherine’s cousin Sir Walter Strickland. Anyone else confused? THERES TOO MANY CATHERINESS!!!
Cut to Henry V111, Catherine married him on 12 July 1543 at Hampton Court Palace. She was the first Queen of England ALSO to be Queen of Ireland. As she got the name by marrying henry. They both shared several common ancestors making them multiple cousins. And now, family stuff, ahem, By their mothers they were third cousins-once-removed sharing Sir Richard Wydeville and Joan Bedlisgate; by Henry's mother and Catherine's father they were third cousins once removed sharing Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Lady Joan Beaufort; and by their fathers they were double fourth cousins once removed sharing Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent and Lady Alice FitzAlan and John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Katherine Swynford. (Speed up towards end).
Henry went on his last, unsuccessful, campaign to France from July to September 1544, leaving Catherine as his regent. Because her regency council was composed of sympathetic members, including her uncle, Thomas Cranmer and Lord Hertford, Catherine obtained effective control and was able to rule as she saw fit. She handled provision, finances and musters for Henry’s French campaign. Her actions could well have influenced her stepdaughter Lady Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth 1 of England.
Shortly before Henry died, he made a provision for an allowance of £7,000 per year for Catherine to support herself. He further ordered that, after his death, Catherine should be given the respect of Queen of England, as if he were still alive. After the death of henry, Catherine’s old love, Thomas Seymour, knew that, since only six months had passed after the pass of Henry, he could not marry Catherine. Sometime near the end of May, they married in secret. King Edward V1 and the council weren’t informed until several months later. It came public and people were not happy. Skip over, Catherine gave birth to her only child, Mary Seymour, Catherine died six days later, on, 5 September, 1548. Seymour was beheaded for TREASON, a crime of betraying one’s country, on March 20, 1549.