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Catherine of Aragon - Wikipedia
December 16, 1485: Born, Catherine of Aragon. Though she is best known as the discarded first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine was a formidable force in her own right. She championed education, religion, and the humanities, and even served as Regent of England for 6 months, managing the war with Scotland while Henry fought battles in France. Her enemy, Thomas Cromwell, said of her, "If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History."
1539 Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger (Louvre) | Grand Ladies
Anne of Cleves. Henry VIII 4th wife. Henry VIII remained single for over two years after Jane Seymour's death. Henry decided to have a contract drawn up for his marriage to Anne in order to gain an ally in the reformation of the church. Although the King of France and the Emperor had gone back to their usual state of animosity, Henry proceeded with the match. The marriage took place on January 6, 1540. Henry did not find his new bride attractive and had the marriage annulled.