However, Catherine Parr is one of the wives who kind of falls out of the radar, I think. She married Henry at a time when he was anything but the ladies' man he had been. He was 52 years old and she was 31. He was recently divorced (again), from the young and frivolous Katherine Howard, who had been beheaded for adultery only a year prior. Catherine Parr stepped into Henry's life as her elderly husband, John Neville, Lord Latimer's health was deteriorating. Although her plans following Latimer's death were to marry her true love, Thomas Seymour, the King became infatuated by her and changed those plans swiftly. Upon looking a little more closely at Catherine Parr, it is easy to see why the King wanted her all for himself.
Catherine was also named Regent of England from July to September of 1544, while the King was on a military campaign in France. In case he died while abroad, Catherine would have ruled England until Edward was of age to be King. This was a grand honor that Catherine did not take lightly. She proved herself a capable and responsible Regent in her husband's absence, and when he returned, he was very pleased and impressed with her.
What are your thoughts about Catherine Parr? Do you think we don't hear enough about her? Or do you find her less interesting than the others?