Katherine Parr was the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Parr and his wife Maud Green, who lived at the English royal court in the early years of King Henry VIII’s reign. Maud was lady-in-waiting to the queen, Katherine of Aragon, and named her first child after her. Katherine Parr married King Henry VIII thirty-one years later.
oKAY SO THIS GIRL IS SO AMAZING LET US JUST TAKE A MOMENT
She was married 2 times before Henry VIII snatched her up, making her the most married English Queen. Her first marriage was at 17.
She was appointed Regent from July to September 1544 which basically meant she ruled England while Henry was away in France
While she was Regent, she signed five proclamations, oversaw finances and kept in constant contact with her northern marshes lieutenant over the unstable situation in Scotland
SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO HAVE A BOOK PUBLISHED UNDER HER OWN NAME IN ENGLISH (OH MY GOD WHAT????)
She was a reformer, and had a great influence on how her step-daughter, the then Lady Elizabeth, was educated
She had a huge part in reconciling Mary & Elizabeth with Henry
Henry tried to have her arrested (wow what a shocker) based on her religious views and she managed to convince him that she was only stating these views to distract him from the pain in his leg (grade a manipulation there)
She outlived Henry (she basically won right there), went on to marry the guy she really loved in secret all the while living on a 7000 pound yearly allowance granted to her by Henry before he died
She also invited Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey to be educated at her house, and her house soon became known as a place where girls were educated
tl;dr Catherine Parr was an amazing woman that is so overlooked it hurts me
Last month I went to the Tudors exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg, in Paris. I had a great time, there were so many beautiful pieces and I could finally see Anne Boleyn’s Book of Hours, I can’t describe the feeling I had standing in front of it, thinking she once held it in her hands.