Characters

Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr

Henry VIII’s sixth and final marriage to the twice-widowed Catherine Parr was also one of his longest, lasting five years.

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Thomas Culpepper

Thomas Culpepper

Described as ‘a beautiful youth,’ he became Queen Katherine Howard’s lover.

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Lady Rochford

Lady Rochford

Sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn and lady-in-waiting to Henry’s subsequent wives, Lady Rochford helped arrange romantic trysts between Queen Katherine Howard and Thomas Culpepper.

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Thomas Howard

Thomas Howard

Thomas Howard was uncle to Henry’s 2nd and 5th wives: Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard.

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William Compton

William Compton

At the court of Henry VII the young orphan became a page to two-year-old Prince Henry, and a close friendship was forged that continued long after the Prince became King.

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Edward Stafford

Edward Stafford

Henry VIII was both jealous and suspicious of Edward due to his wealth, land and royal blood.

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Sir Thomas Boleyn

Sir Thomas Boleyn

A supremely selfish but brilliant political man, Thomas Boleyn knew of the King’s appetites, so he offered him his daughters.

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Charles Brandon

Charles Brandon

Though seven years older than Henry, Charles shared many characteristics—natural athleticism, robust physical health, and a devotion to all sports.

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Queen Katherine of Aragon

Queen Katherine of Aragon

Katherine left strong impressions on people—so much so that even her enemy, Thomas Cromwell, said ‘If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History.’

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Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

Henry broke from the Catholic Church and instated the Church of England just so he could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn.

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Sir Thomas More

Sir Thomas More

Thomas More held many positions in Henry’s court, including Lord Chancellor, and was well-known for his harsh sentences regarding religious matters.

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Cardinal Wolsey

Cardinal Wolsey

Cardinal Wolsey was King Henry’s cunning and imperious chancellor whose friendship was tested time and time again.

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Mark Smeaton

Mark Smeaton

Anne Boleyn took a liking to this melancholy court musician, but because of his social status they couldn’t exactly be the best of friends.

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Pope Paul III

Pope Paul III

Paul III reigned as Pope in a time of Catholic uncertainty and tried unsuccessfully to suppress the Protestant Reformation.

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Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury thanks to ties with the Boleyn family, Thomas Cranmer rose to power from a relatively minor status.

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Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell

A key player in the Reformation and supporter of the Royal Supremacy, it was Thomas Cromwell’s efforts that finally won King Henry his first divorce.

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Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard

Henry’s fifth and youngest wife was vivacious and impressionable, a first cousin of Anne Boleyn.

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Lord Thomas Darcy

Lord Thomas Darcy

A statesman and sympathizer to the rebel uprising, Darcy joined Robert Aske and the ‘Pilgrims of Grace.’

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Robert Aske

Robert Aske

An attorney from the northern city of York, Robert Aske became the leader of the rebel group ‘Pilgrims of Grace.’

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Princess Mary

Princess Mary

Henry’s eldest daughter grew up disowned by her father and separated from her mother, Katherine of Aragon and eventually earned the epithet ‘Bloody Mary.’

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Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves

From of the heartland of Protestantism, Henry’s German fourth wife was picked out for him by Reformation leader Thomas Cromwell.

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Cardinal von Waldburg

Cardinal von Waldburg

The ambitious politician Otto Truchsess von Waldburg was an imperial councilor who, as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, strongly opposed the Protestant Reformation.

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Sir Francis Bryan

Sir Francis Bryan

Aka ‘the Vicar of Hell,’ Sir Francis Bryan was a womanizer with loose morals and a missing eye (he lost it in a jousting accident).

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Lady Ursula Misseldon

Lady Ursula Misseldon

Lady-in-waiting to Queen Jane, the fictional Lady Ursula becomes Henry’s bedside nurse—and mistress.

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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour

Patient, gracious and demure—and the only one of Henry’s wives to produce a male heir—Jane Seymour was considered Henry’s favorite wife.

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King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

He was England’s most infamous royal bad boy; Henry was a voluptuary, consuming food and women as voraciously as he disposed of those who crossed him.

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