Above Parr

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IĀ  have tried to do some stitching over the past few days so thought I would share an update. This is the last of Henry’s six wives, Katherine Parr, the only one not to be ‘dismissed’ in a less than horrible way. Good for her for managing to outlive him and also be a loving and devoted Stepmother to Henry’s 3 children. Bit of an odd piece of trivia, but in my opinion an interesting one, her mother was a lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon and so the king’s last wife was actually named after his first! Parr ended up marrying the brother of Jane Seymour (Henry’s third wife who died shortly after Edward VI was born) and he was supposedly another bad penny. Gossip circulated that he was carrying out an illicit affair with the teenage princess and future Queen Elizabeth I, who often stayed with her Stepmum and her hubby. With her being twice widowed before her marriage to the king and then the weddings that followed, she sure could pick them! šŸ™‚

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9 thoughts on “Above Parr

  1. Wow, but really, it probably wasn’t her fault, who she ended up marrying. I would imagine that most of the weddings of that time would be arranged, so if anything you’d have to blame her father for most of them šŸ˜› I can’t really imagine a woman getting much say in it! I can’t wait to see what she looks like all backstitched šŸ™‚

    • Yeah I know her Dad was more than likely to blame which only makes it worse that she had so little control. So sad, certainly makes you appreciate how lucky us ladies are these days that we get such free rein compared to them. Thank goodness for the suffragettes! šŸ™‚

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