Catherine Parr (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII of Great Britain.
Catherine (variously spelled Katherine, Katharine, and Catharine) Parr was the daughter of Sir Thomas Parr, a man of considerable distinction and social prominence who served Britain’s royal family. Her mother, Maud Greene, was an heiress from Northamptonshire. The exact date of Catherine’s birth remains uncertain. In all likelihood, she was born in 1512. She was married twice before her union with King Henry VIII on July 12, 1543. Henry had already been king of England for some years before Catherine’s birth, having ascended to the throne in 1509 to begin his thirty-eight-year reign.
Catherine’s first marriage was to Edward Borough, who died in 1529, about a year after their marriage. Catherine next married John Neville, Lord Latimer, who died on March 2, 1543. Neither marriage produced children. Edward Borough, about Catherine’s age, was the son of Thomas, Lord Borough, chamberlain to Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, who was beheaded as an adulteress. During her marriage to Borough, Catherine resided mostly on the family estates in Lincolnshire. Following her husband’s death, Catherine lived on a small income derived from some estates in Kent. She was only twenty years old and living at a time when widows had little status; thus her remarriage, which occurred in 1533, was...
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