The Dowager Queen and Henry VIII’s Last Will

Very interesting indeed… For those who wish to learn more about Henry VIII’s somewhat enigmatic sixth wife who has been often overshadowed by her predecessors and successors, I recommend this blog post (and the rest of this blog, TBH) as it reveals a whole load of information about Catherine I didn’t really know before!

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The Vultures are circling as Henry lies on his death bed. He is surrounded by his son, Edward, as the king prepares him to become the next Tudor king.

In 1544, it was apparent that Queen Katherine Parr had been acquainted with the terms of King Henry VIII’s will for it named Katherine regent for the young Prince Edward if he were to die while in France. The fact that Katherine had been named possible regent in the event of the sudden death of the king makes one wonder what the will of King Henry looked like when he died on 28 January 1547. For three days after the King’s death, the council convened while the outside world was unaware of what had happened. Even Henry’s other children were not told. This extremely disturbed the Lady Mary who at one time had been named Princess and heiress to her father’s…

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