‘Six’ the Musical: Fun Facts About the Real Wives of Henry VIII

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Six is a musical that tells the story of every of King Henry VIII’s wives. Each spouse, quickly queen of England, sing a music that shares their story. While the Broadway present is now on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re nonetheless enjoying the soundtrack on repeat. Here are some enjoyable trivia tidbits concerning the six well-known wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr.

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Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Abby Mueller, Brittney Mack, Samantha Pauly and Anna Uzele from the forged of Six | Walter McBride/Getty Images

The first spouse: Catherine of Aragon

According to the Six on Broadway web site, Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first spouse, is remembered for “her refusal to accept that her marriage was invalid.” The queen was staunchly spiritual, and Catherine of Aragon’s religion additionally knowledgeable “her dramatic speech to Henry when he had her brought to court to seek the annulment of their marriage.”

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Engraved portrait of Catherine of Aragon, the primary queen of Henry VIII of England | Stock Montage/Getty Images

Another tidbit concerning the first of six wives:

While Henry fought in France in 1513, Catherine was regent in the course of the Battle of Flodden; when James IV of Scotland was killed within the battle, Catherine needed to ship his physique to Henry as a gift.

The second of the Six: Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn might be most well-known for her beheading. However, there are far more enjoyable info concerning the second queen of Henry VIII. For instance, she had a sixth fingernail. Aside from that, the Six web site shares:

Because she was fluent in French, Anne would have acted as a translator in the course of the go to of Emperor Charles V to courtroom in 1522.

Not many know that Anne Boleyn was concerned with politics (and never simply flirting). She performed a key position in passing the “Poor Law,” Time reported.

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A poster at a “Meet and Greet” for the forged and inventive staff of the Broadway musical Six | Bruce Glikas/WireImage

“Two months before her execution,” Boleyn participated in attaining “nationwide legislation…which stated that local officials should find work for the unemployed.”

The third of six wives: Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour, out of all of Henry VIII’s six wives, was reportedly the “only one he truly loved.” A enjoyable reality about Seymour? At one level, the king despatched her some money. However, the queen refused. She apparently stated there “was no treasure in this world that she valued so much as her honor.”

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Jane Seymour, the third spouse of Henry VIII | The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

Henry VIII’s fourth spouse: Anna of Cleves

The fourth spouse of six, Anna of Cleves, had a troublesome go along with Henry VIII. The king fell in love along with her portrait, and invited her to England (from her residence nation of Germany). However, it didn’t go as deliberate. The Six the musical web site reported:

When Henry first met Anna of Cleves, he disguised himself, presumably imagining some type of a romantic response. According to a witness, when Henry kissed Anna, she turned away coldly from the hideous stranger molesting her. The witness, Lord Russell, noticed that he ‘never saw His Highness so marvelously astonished.’

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A portrait of Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger | DeAgostini/Getty Images

However, Henry VIII wasn’t too impressed by his new queen, both.

The fourth spouse is remembered for “being chosen from her portrait and then rejected when Henry met her.”

The fifth queen in Six: Katherine Howard

Awkwardly, many of those queens had been ladies-in-waiting to one another. Howard was a lady-in-waiting to Anna of Cleves. Not to say, Anne Boleyn was Katherine Howard’s cousin.

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Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth spouse | Culture Club/Getty Images

Six on Broadway’s enjoyable reality about Katherine Howard:

From her arrest on November 8, 1541 till her execution three months later, Katherine stayed underneath home arrest at Syon House; in late January of 1542, an act was handed in Parliament that rendered it treason for a girl to grow to be the king’s spouse with out ‘plain declaration before of her unchaste life,’ which means Henry might have her killed.

Always such cool vibes from Henry VIII!

The remaining spouse of six: Catherine Parr

Yes, Henry VIII actually favored Catherines.

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Portrait of Katherine Parr | DeAgostini/Getty Images

Catherine Parr has a reasonably dangerous*ss reality. The final of six wives “was the first woman in England to publish books under her own name and in English.”

Hopefully, Six the musical might be again on Broadway quickly–so we are able to get pleasure from historical past through dwell theater!

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