Henry`s Half Dozen
Posted: 02 November 2017
Word Count: 265
Summary: Hi All My internet connectionís been down for a couple of weeks but Iím now back. I wrote this poem first and added the wivesí names afterwards, so I know the lines/verse breakdown is a bit erratic
- Catherine of Aragon
King a paragon, till she learnt about his
fling with maid-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn
who wouldn’t let him pluck her flower
till she was on the throne of power
- Anne Boleyn
and Henry said she’d had affairs.
She hadn’t come up trumps in bed
for which she had to lose her head.
- Jane Seymour
Henry’s missus number three.
A son was born, they called him Ed,
but two weeks later Jane was dead.
- Anne of Cleves
with France, he married Anne of Cleves.
But Henry’s problems weren’t resolved
and so, the marriage was dissolved.
(the King had wanted Anne to be more
like his lost love, Queen Jane Seymour)
- Kathryn Howard
when he had married Kathryn Howard
who, thirty years his junior,
found fat King Henry quite a bore
so flirted with the lads at Court
and to the block was duly brought.
- Katherine Parr
remembered in particular
for, unlike all the other five,
when Henry died was still alive
(That last bit isn’t strictly true as
Anne of Cleves outlived him too.
To Hever Castle she’d been sent
to live out her ‘retirement')
- PS: Thomas Seymour
and, pretty soon, she was re-wed
to her late husband’s bro-in-law
her one-time lover Tom Seymour
And this is where we leave the lives
Of Henry’s half a dozen wives
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