Women in the Tudor Dynasty
Would Henry VIII be nearly so fascinating if he didn't have so many fascinating female connections -- not only wives, but daughters, sisters, ancestors, and others? Here are some of the key women in the life and reign of Henry VIII.
Anne Boleyn, queen of England, second wife of Henry VIII, and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, resisted Henry's advances for years while he obtained a divorce -- but her marriage didn't last long when she did not give Henry the son he wanted.
Tudor Queens of England
An annotated list of the Tudor queens and queens consort, from Elizabeth of York to her granddaughter, Elizabeth I.
Anne Boleyn Pictures
Anne Boleyn in pictures: portraits of the second queen of Henry VIII, mother of Elizabeth I.
Anne of Cleves
Fourth wife of Henry VIII, she was not what he expected when he negotiated for her hand in marriage. Her willingness to agree to a divorce and separation led to her peaceful retirement in England.
Catherine of Valois
A biographical profile of Catherine of Valois, a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother of kings.
Lady Catherine Grey
Lady Catherine Grey, sister of England's Nine Day Queen, Lady Jane Grey, had her own problems with the succession of England. Here's her biography.
Catherine Parr - Sixth Wife of Henry VIII
A profile of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII of England.
Catherine Howard biography - profile of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, beheaded for adultery and concealing her previous sexual history from Henry.
Elizabeth Tilney biography - ancestress of three wives of Henry VIII.
Elizabeth of York
A biography of Elizabeth of York, Queen of England, whose marriage to Henry VII signaled the end of the War of the Roses and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty.
Elizabeth of York Facts
A profile of Elizabeth of York, Queen of England, whose marriage to Henry VII signaled the end of the War of the Roses and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty.
Elizabeth of York Picture Gallery
A gallery of pictures, portraits, and other images of Elizabeth of York, queen of England.
Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford
Biography of Anne Boleyn's sister-in-law, who implicated her husband and Anne, and later was implicated in another scandal involving Henry VIII's fifth wife.
Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey, a granddaughter of the younger sister of Henry VIII, was briefly queen of England. Read more about her tragic story.
Jane Seymour biography - profile of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII of England and mother of Edward VI.
Lady Jane Grey Picture Gallery
Lady Jane Grey pictures: a gallery of images of the Nine Day Queen of England.
Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
A biographical profile of Margaret Douglas, grandmother of James VI of Scotland who became James I of England, and granddaughter of Tudor King Henry VII.
Margaret Pole, Tudor Matriarch and Martyr
Margaret Pole, niece of kings Edward IV and Richard III, had many ups and downs in her life, from the disgrace of her father and family to becoming one of the richest peers -- in her own right -- to disgrace for her connection to Roman Catholicism when Henry VIII declared his royal supremacy over the church in England. She met a horrible end, and was beatified about 350 years later.
Mary I of England
Daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mary's reign in England attempted to restore Roman Catholicism. The execution of Protestants as heretics earned her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary."
A biography of Margaret Tudor, queen of James IV of Scotland, grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her husband, Lord Darnley.
Elizabeth Tilney biography - biography of British noblewoman who was the grandmother of both Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour.
Anne Hastings, Countess of Shrewsbury
Anne Hastings was the daughter of Edward IV's friend beheaded by Richard III. She was a lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon and her husband served Tudor kings. Descendants played even more parts in Tudor history.
Which Tudor Queen Are You? A Women's History Quiz
A fun way to explore Tudor women's history: take the quiz and find out which Tudor queen is most like you.
Descent of Margaret Beaufort
A genealogical tree showing the descent, through Margaret Beaufort, of King Henry VII, and therefore of Henry's claim to the throne as the first Tudor king.
Female Descendants of Henry VII
A small genealogical table showing the female descendants of King Henry VIII and of Henry's sister Mary, including the Lady Jane Grey.
Plantagenet Descent of Henry and His Queens
From www.tudorhistory.org, a genealogical diagram showing how Henry VIII and each of his six wives were descended from King Edward I.
Royal Paper Dolls: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
A mixture of easy-to-read biographies and some colorful images of the six queens, ready to print out as fully-dressed images or as traditional paper dolls -- figures dressed in historically-appropriate undergarments supplemented by dresses with tabs.