I just found this series of books about the wives of Henry VIII, and I have to say I ADORE the covers.

Henry gets progressively older in each one, which is fantastic since most show him as old fat Henry all the time.

The wives all look quite decently accurate too, and are based on portraits done of them. I like that they each have their successors lurking in the background of their covers, like a reminder that they’re not going to be Queen for very long.

I wish more books would do illustrations like this nowadays, instead of using portraits or stock photos.


♔ Q U E E N S and Q U E E N  C O N S O R T S during the Tudor Era.

  • Elizabeth of York (1466-1503) - “Humble and Reverent”.
  • Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536) - “Humble and Loyal”.
  • Anne Boleyn (c.1501-1536) - “The Most Happy”.
  • Jane Seymour (c.1508-1537) - “Bound to Obey and Serve”.
  • Anne of Cleves (1515-1557) - “God Send Me Well to Keep”.
  • Kathryn Howard (c.1521-1542) - “No Other Will But His”.
  • Catherine Parr (1512-1548) - “To Be Useful in All That I Do”.
  • Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554) - According to My Power”.
  • Mary Tudor/Mary I (1516-1558) - “Truth, the Daughter of Time”.
  • Elizabeth Tudor/Elizabeth I (1533-1603) - “Always the Same”.

On this day in history, the 16th July 1557 (some sources say the 15th), Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves died at her home, Chelsea Old Manor, the former home of Catherine Parr. She was only 41 but she was the last surviving wife of Henry VIII and on the 3rd August 1557 Anne was taken from Chelsea to Westminster to be buried. She is the only one of Henry VIII’s wives to be buried at Westminster Abbey and her tomb is on the south side of the High Altar. It is decorated with carvings of a crown and her initials, AC, skulls and crossed bones, and a lion’s head. It is a sad fact that Anne, as Elizabeth Norton points out, “is often portrayed as the least significant of Henry’s wives” but that she was actually “an international figure of some prominence” and a woman who used her intelligence to survive the English court and become an independent woman. Just like Catherine of Aragon, she did not accept the annulment of her marriage and still thought of herself as Henry’s wife and Queen, and subsequently his widow, but she made the best out of the situation. [x]