Catharina Parr

Catharina Parr

Female Abt 1512 - 1548  (~ 36 years)    Has more than 250 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.

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  • Name Catharina Parr 
    Born Abt 1512  Kendal Castle, Westmorland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 Sep 1548  Sudeley Castle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried chapel of Sudeley Castle, nr Winchcombe, Gloucs Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10174  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2008 

    Father Thomas Parr,   b. Abt 1483,   d. 11 Nov 1517, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Mother Maud Green,   b. 1493,   d. 1 Dec 1531  (Age 38 years) 
    Married Abt 1511 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F30622  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Baron Edward de Burgh,   b. Abt 1463,   d. 1529  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married Abt 1528 
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F32362  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Baron John Neville,   b. 1493,   d. 2 Mar 1542-1543, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 1533 
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2006 
    Family ID F45254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 King Henry VIII Tudor,   b. 28 Jun 1491, Greenwich Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1547, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1543  Hampton Court Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F2607  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Thomas Seymour,   b. 1508,   d. 20 Mar 1549  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 4 May 1547 
    Children 
     1. Mary Seymour,   b. 30 Aug 1548, Sudeley Castle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F4136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Katherine Parr, the last of Henry's wives was a different choice for the aging King. She was the daughter of Thomas Parr of Kendal, a modest country squire who had distinguished himself in the service of both Henry VII and Henry VIII. Thomas Parr died in 1517 and his widow chose not to remarry. She encouraged the education and advancement of her children, a trait Katherine would show in her treatment of her future step-children. Katherine's brother, William, was given the title of Marquess of Northhampton in 1547. Katherine was first married to Sir Edward Burough, but was widowed shortly after in 1529. Her second husband was Sir John Nevill, Lord Latimer. He was a wealthy landowner in Yorkshire and had an estate there called Snape Hall. He died in 1542 and had no children by Katherine. By this time, Katherine was becoming well known for her learning and overall sensitive and caring nature. She was also gaining an interest in the rising Protestant faith. Not much is known about Henry's courtship of Katherine. However, before the King stepped in, she may have been considering marrying Thomas Seymour, brother to the late Queen Jane and uncle to Prince Edward. Katherine rejected Seymour's proposal in order to marry the King, although she probably didn't have much of a choice in the matter. 18 months had gone by since Kathryn Howard's execution by the time Henry and Katherine Parr were married on July 12, 1543. Henry's health had been declining such that his last wife must have been as much a nurse as anything else. Katherine managed to soothe the King's temper and bring his family closer together. Although the Queen was scarcely older than the Princess Mary, she, along with Elizabeth and Edward, saw Katherine as a stabilizing mother figure. Katherine arranged for the best tutors for the children and encouraged them in their learning. Katherine's interest in Protestants almost proved to be her undoing. Factions at court were envious of the Queen's influence on Henry and sought to destroy her by linking her with the 'heretical' religious reformers. But Katherine wisely made a show of her submissiveness to the King when confronted and probably saved her life. Katherine outlived Henry, who died January 28, 1547. Prince Edward succeeded as Edward VI. His older uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Somerset, became Protector since the young king was not yet 10 years old. The other Seymour brother, Thomas, once again sought the hand of Katherine Parr, and this time she was free to accept. Katherine was soon pregnant, and gave birth to a daughter named Mary at Sudeley Castle on August 30, 1548. Unfortunately, Katherine did not recover from the childbirth and died on September 7.


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