The conclusion of historian David Starkey's series profiling Henry's spouses focuses on the last two: Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. Henry wed Howard, a fun-loving teenager, in 1540, but had her beheaded two years later because her fun included cheating on him. Parr, a deep thinker and a religious “reformer,” outlived Henry (who died in 1547), and was able to marry the man she loved. But he dallied---with Henry's daughter Elizabeth.
Part 3 of historian David Starkey's four-part series profiling Henry's spouses focuses on Nos. 3 and 4, Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves. Demure Jane Seymour, a Catholic, was nonetheless obedient to Henry, who loved her deeply and grieved when she died (after giving birth to a son, Edward) in 1537. In 1540, Henry married Anne of Cleaves (1515-57) because she was a Protestant. He divorced her six months later because he found her unattractive.
In Part 2, British historian David Starkey profiles Anne Boleyn (1507-36), Henry's second wife, whom he married when wife No. 1 (Catherine of Aragon) was unable to produce a son. Anne was “witty, feisty, confident and chic,” says Starkey, and it's because of her that England is no longer a Roman Catholic country. But she couldn't provide Henry with a son, either, and ended up losing her head. She did give him a daughter, though. Her name was Elizabeth.
In Part 1 of four, historian David Starkey profiles the mercurial 16th-century British monarch's first wife, Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon. She was unable to produce a son, and to say that the marriage ended badly (for both Catherine and England's Catholic Church) would be an understatement, but unlike many of Henry's spouses, Catherine did manage to keep her head. She died in bed in 1536.