Katherine Parr

Katherine Parr

To Be Useful In All That I Do

Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived


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Also spelled Catherine, Kateryn, Katharine

Born: 1512

The precise date of Katherine’s birth is unknown but according to Katherine’s biographer, Linda Porter, it was some time in August 1512.

Father: Sir Thomas Parr

Mother: Maud Green

A lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon


– Married Edward Borough in 1529 (widowed by 1533)

– Married John Neville, third Baron Latimer of Snape Castle in 1534 (widowed by March 1543)

– Married Henry VIII in the Queen’s closet, Hampton Court Palace on July 12 1543 (widowed January 1547)

Read more about Katherine Parr’s Marriage to Henry VIII

– Married Thomas Seymour secretly in 1547

Reign: 12 July 1543 – 28 January 1547

Appointed Regent: July – September 1544 while Henry VIII was on a military campaign in France.

Published Works:

Prayers and meditations 1545

First book published by an English Queen under her own name.

The Lamentations of a Sinner 1547

Issue: Lady Mary Seymour born August 30, 1548

Unfortunately, Lady Mary Seymour became an orphan when her father was executed on 20 March, 1549. It is thought that Katherine’s longed-for daughter died very young, as she disappears from history at around the age two.

Died: 5 September 1548 (aged circa 36)

Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England

Katherine is thought to have died of puerperal fever, also called childbed fever. Coincidentally, this was also the illness that killed Katherine’s sister-in-law, Jane Seymour.


Katherine is buried in the Chapel of St. Mary at Sudeley Castle. Jane Grey was the chief mourner.

Link to The Ghost of Katherine Parr


Porter, L. Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, 2010.

More books about Katherine Howard at On the Tudor Trail’s Bookstore


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