Catherine Parr Fact Sheet: Who was Catherine Parr? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Catherine Parr.
Catherine Parr Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1512 - 1547 *** Full Name: Catherine Parr *** Occupation: Queen of England and Ireland and Henry’s VIII’s Sixth and Last Wife *** Date of Birth: Catherine Parr was born in 1512 *** Place of Birth: Catherine Parr was born in Blackfriars, London, England *** Family background: Her father was Sir Thomas Parr, he was the Lord of the Manor of Kendal in Westmoreland and her mother was Maud Green. Her father was a descendent of King Edward III and was also one of Henry VIII close companions. Her mother was one of Catherine of Aragon’s attendants and was also considered a close friend and it is believed she named her daughter for the Queen *** Early life and childhood: She grew up with her younger brother William and her younger sister Anne *** Education: Catherine Parr would have been educated as befitted her station but she also developed a keen passion for learning and became fluent in Italian, Latin and French and also started learning Spanish ***
Catherine Parr Fact 1: Catherine Parr was born 1512 and during the 16th century period in history when Portugal and Spain were exploring the oceans of the world and colonizing new lands.
Catherine Parr Fact 2: When she was seventeen years of age she was married to Sir Edward Borough but the marriage would only last four years as her husband Edward died in 1533.
Catherine Parr Fact 3: The following year she married again, this time to John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer. Within the Parr family she became only the second woman to marry into the nobility.
Catherine Parr Fact 4:
However, her second husband was a
strong Catholic church supporter and
when Catholic rebels appeared at
their home during the Lincolnshire
Rising in 1536, John was dragged
away leaving Catherine and his son
John and his daughter Margaret
behind. With no means to support
themselves the household struggle
Catherine Parr Fact 9: In February of 1543 she had established a place for herself in Mary’s household. It would be here that she would come into contact with the King and would catch his attention.
Catherine Parr Fact 10: At the same time as the King was pursuing Catherine she was also being pursued by Sir Thomas Seymour. He was the brother of the late Queen Jane Seymour but as both men had proposed she dared not refuse the King. Seymour was sent to Brussels to save his embarrassment.
Catherine Parr Fact 11:
Henry VIII and Catherine Parr were
married on July 12th 1543 at Hampton
Court Palace. Catherine would be the
first Queen to reign over Ireland at
the same time.
Catherine Parr Fact 16: After the King’s death, Thomas Seymour returned to London and began to pursue Catherine once more. The couple married in secret barely six months after the King had died.
Catherine Parr Fact 17: When the young King Edward discovered the marriage he was not best pleased and there developed a considerable scandal.
Catherine Parr Fact 18: During 1547 Catherine invited Lady Jane Grey and the Lady Elizabeth to her home at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire and expressed a wish to educate the two women.
Catherine Parr Fact 19: Having not fallen pregnant during any of her three previous marriages it was a complete shock to discover she was pregnant. During her pregnancy she suspected there was something going on between her husband and the Lady Elizabeth but although nothing definitive happened she had Elizabeth removed from her home.
Catherine Parr Fact 20:
She would give birth to a daughter
and named her Mary after her
step-daughter. Catherine died on
September 5th 1548 six days after
giving birth. Her body laid to rest
in the grounds of Sudeley Castle.
Her resting place would be disturbed
on various occasions down the years
and by 1817 the owners of the Castle
at that time, the Greville’s, had
her tomb carefully restored and
later still Sir George Gilbert Scott
would have a chapel built for her
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