English Monarchs
Scottish Monarchs


Celts
Saxon
Viking
Norman
Plantagenet
Lancaster
York
Tudor
Stuart
Hanover
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Windsor
Genealogical Tables


House of Tudor
Henry VII
Henry VII Continued
Elizabeth of York
Perkin Warbeck
Edmund Tudor
Margaret Beaufort
The Tudor Family -
Ancestors of Henry VII

Henry VIII
Henry VIII Continued
Henry VIII Six Wives
Catherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Anne of Cleves
Catherine Howard
Catherine Parr
Six Wives of Henry
VIII-Genealogy

Henry FitzRoy
Brandon Family
Howard Family
Boleyn Family
Hever Castle
Mary Boleyn
Margaret Tudor
Mary Tudor
Edward VI
Jane Grey
Catherine Grey
Mary I
Phillip II of Spain
Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I Continued


Native Princes
Of Wales

English Princes
of Wales

The Honours of Wales

Medieval
Tudor Era
Stuart Era
Recent History


The Regalia
The Theft Of The Crown Jewels



Leeds Castle
Buckingham Palace
Windsor Castle
Holyrood House
Balmoral Castle
Sandringham House
Hampton Court Palace
Osborne House

St. George's Chapel
Westminster Abbey
Henry VII Chapel
Edward the
Confessor's Shrine



Order of the Garter
Order of the Bath


Contact
Links
Tudor Rose

The Tudors

Tudor Rose

The Plantagenet Descent of the Six Wives of Henry VIII

Due to the narrowness of sixteenth century aristocratic society, all six wives of King Henry VIII had a common descent, shared with their husband, from the thirteenth century monarch, Edward I of England. Some descended via Edward's first wife Eleanor of Castile, others by his second wife, Margaret of France and some of Henry VIII's wives descended from both of Edward's wives.

Katherine of Aragon

Katherine of AragonKatherine of Aragon, the only one of Henry's wives to have been born a princess, was the youngest daughter of the joint sovereigns King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castille. She was born at Laredo Palace in Alcalá de Henares on 16th October, 1485. Katherine descended from John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, 3rd surviving son of King Edward III and Phillipa of Hainaut and two of John's three wives and was Henry's third cousin, once removed.

Signature of Katherine of AragonThrough her mother, Isabella, Queen of Castille in her own right, Katherine descended from Isabella's paternal grandmother, Katherine of Lancaster, who was the daughter of John of Gaunt (third surviving son of King Edward III) and his second wife, Constanza of Castile, (the daughter of Pedro the Cruel of Castille and Leon) she descended from King Edward I and Eleanor of Castile.

John of Gaunt's first wife, Blanche of Lancaster, daughter of Henry of Grosmont, Duke of Lancaster and his wife Maud Chaworth, was also Katherine's ancestress. Henry of Grosmont was the grandson of Edmund Crouchback, Earl of Lancaster, the second son of Henry III.

Isabella of Castile's maternal great-grandmother, Philippa of Lancaster, was also the daughter of John of Gaunt and his first wife, Blanche of Lancaster. Philippa was the sister of the first Lancastrian king, Henry IV.

On the Spanish side of her family, Katherine could trace her ancestors back to the Visigothic kings of Spain, who first settled in the country in 410. She could also trace her descent from Eleanor Plantagenet, Queen of Castille, the daughter of the first Plantagenet king Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and from Eleanor of Aquitaine and her first husband, Louis VII of France,whose daughter Marie of France who married Henry I, Count of Champagne. Their daughter, Marie, married Baldwin I of Constantinople and their descendants included the Castillian royal house.

The Ancestry of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon Father:
Ferdinand II of Aragon
Paternal Grandfather:
John II of Aragon
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Ferdinand I of Aragon

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Eleanor of Alburquerque

Paternal Grandmother:
Juana Enríquez
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Fadrique Enríquez,
Count of Melba and Rueda

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Mariana Fernández
de Córdoba y Ayala

Mother:
Isabella, Queen of Castille
Maternal Grandfather:
John II of Castile
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Henry III of Castile
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Catherine of Lancaster
Maternal Grandmother:
Isabella of Portugal
Maternal Great-grandfather:
John, Lord of Reguengos de Monsaraz
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Isabella of Braganza

Anne Boleyn

Anne BoleynAnne Boleyn was the daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, later created 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde, and his wife, Elizabeth Howard (daughter of Thomas Howard 2nd Duke of Norfolk). Controversy surrounds Anne's birth date, but it was probably late May-early June,1500 -1507 and was likely to have been at Blickling Hall in Norfolk. Anne Boleyn boasted no less than four descents from King Edward I.

Signature of Anne BoleynThrough her father Thomas Boleyn's great-grandparents, James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde and Joan Beauchamp; she descended from Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, daughter of Edward I and his first wife Eleanor of Castille.

By her paternal great-great-grandmother, Lady Anne Montacute, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Salisbury ( who was also an ancestor of Henry VIII's sixth wife Katherine Parr) Anne also descended from Elizabeth of Rhuddlan 's elder sister, Joan of Acre.

By her mother Elizabeth Howard, she descended from Edward I through her great-great-grandmother Lady Margaret Mowbray, who married Sir Robert Howard, they became the parents of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, who fought for King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Lady Margaret descended from Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, by way of Lady Eleanor Fitzalan, who married Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk.

Anne's fourth descent from King Edward I was via Sir Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk himself, who descended from Edward I and his second wife Margaret of France through their son, Thomas of Brotherton, Duke of Norfolk. Through the FitzAlan family, Anne descended from Eleanor, daughter of Henry Monmouth, Duke of Lancaster. Eleanor's great-grandparents were King Henry III and Eleanor of Provence, the parents of Edward I.

The Ancestry of Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn Father:
Thomas Boleyn
Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde
Paternal Grandfather:
Sir William Boleyn
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Geoffrey Boleyn
Mayor of London

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anne Hoo

Paternal Grandmother:
Lady Margaret Butler
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Thomas Butler,
7th Earl of Ormond

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anne Hankford

Mother:
Elizabeth Howard
Maternal Grandfather:
Thomas Howard,
2nd Duke of Norfolk
Maternal Great-grandfather:
John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Katherine Moleyns

Maternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth Tilney

Maternal Great-grandfather:
Sir Frederick Tilney
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Cheney

Jane Seymour

Jane SeymourHenry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour was the daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulf Hall and his wife Margery Wentworth, she was born at Wulf Hall in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire. Her exact date of birth is not known, but it is believed to have occured between 1507-1508. Jane had a double descent from King Edward I.

Jane Seymour's SignatureJane's descents from Edward I were via her maternal great-grandmother, Mary Clifford. Jane's mother, Margery Wentworth was the daughter of Sir Henry Wentworth, who was the son of Sir Phillip Wentworth and Margaret Clifford.

Mary Clifford's father John Clifford, 7th Lord Clifford, descended from Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile. Lord Clifford's great-great-grandmother was Lady Margaret de Clare, Countess of Gloucester (the daughter of Joan of Acre) who married Sir Hugh Audley, Earl of Gloucester.

The second descent was Mary Clifford's mother, Lady Elizabeth Percy, the daughter of Harry 'Hotspur' Percy and Elizabeth Mortimer. Elizabeth Mortimer was the daughter of Philippa, 5th Countess of Ulster who was herself the daughter of Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence, the second surviving son of King Edward III.

Jane's direct paternal ancestors, the Seymour family, were a family of country gentry, who are believed to have settled in England at the time of the Norman conquest, originating from the French town of St. Maur-sur-Loire, Seymour was a later corruption of St.Maur. By the thirteenth century the family was settled in Monmouthshire. Sir William St. Maur, or Seymour, was an attendant of Edward, the Black Prince. His son Roger increased the family estates by his marriage with Maud, daughter of Sir William Esturmi of Wolf Hall in Wiltshire. Jane's father, Sir John Seymour of Wolf Hall took an active part in suppressing the Cornish Rebellion of 1497 and later attended Henry at the Field of the Cloth of Gold

The Ancestry of Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour Father:
Sir John Seymour
Paternal Grandfather:
John Seymour
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Sir John Seymour

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Coker

Paternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth Darrel
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Sir George Darell

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Margaret Stourton

Mother:
Margery Wentworth
Maternal Grandfather:
Sir Henry Wentworth
de jure 4th Baron Despenser
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Sir Philip Wentworth
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Mary Clifford
Maternal Grandmother:
Anne Say
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Sir John Say
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Cheney



Plantagenet Descent of the Six Wives of Henry VIII

Anne of Cleves

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves, the daughter of John Duke of Cleves and Marie of Juelich and Berg was born at Dusseldorf, Germany on 22 September, 1515 and also had a double descent from Edward I.

Anne of Cleves signatureBoth of Anne's paternal great-grandparents, John I 'the Simple' Duke of Cleves and Elizabeth of Nevers, were great-grandchildren of Margaret of Dampierre, suo jure Countess of Flanders.

Margaret was the great-granddaughter of Margaret, Duchess of Brabant; daughter of Thomas of Brotherton, Earl of Norfolk (from whom Anne Boleyn and her first cousin Catherine Howard also descended), Thomas was the son of Edward I by his second marriage to Margaret of France.

Anne was also descended from the Kings of France, and was related to Louis XII of France on her father's side.

The Ancestry of Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves Father:
John, Duke of Cleves
Paternal Grandfather:
John II, Duke of Cleves
Paternal Great-grandfather:
John I, Duke of Cleves

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth of Nevers

Paternal Grandmother:
Mathilde of Hesse
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Henry III,
Landgrave of Upper Hesse

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna of Katzenelnbogen

Mother:
Marie of Juelich and Berg
Maternal Grandfather:
Wilhelm IV,
Duke of Jülich-Berg
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Gerhard VII,
Duke of Jülich-Berg
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Sophie of Saxe-Lauenburg
Maternal Grandmother:
Sibylle of Brandenburg
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Albrecht III Achilles
Elector of Brandenburg
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Anna of Saxony

Catherine Howard

Catherine HowardCatherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, was the tenth child of Lord Edmund Howard, a younger son of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk and his wife Joyce Culpepper, who was the daughter of Richard Culpepper of Oxenheath in Kent and Isabel Worsley. Catherine's birth date and place of birth have gone unrecorded, although it has been estimated to be between 1520 and 1525, and was probably in London.

Signature of Catherine HowardLike her first cousin Anne Boleyn, by her paternal line, the Howard family, Catherine descended from Edward I and Eleanor by Elizabeth of Rhuddlan by way of Lady Eleanor Fitzalan, the wife of Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk.

Via Sir Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, she also descended from King Edward I and his second wife, Margaret of France through their son, Thomas of Brotherton , Earl of Norfolk.

By her maternal great-great-grandfather, Sir William Ferrers, 5th Baron Groby, Catherine also descended from King Edward's daughter, Joan of Acre, via her daughter Lady Elizabeth de Clare, wife of Sir Theobald, 2nd Lord Verdun.

Catherine's great-grandmother Elizabeth Cheney was also the great grandmother of Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour, which made them second cousins.

The Ancestry of Catherine Howard

Catherine Howard Father:
Edmund Howard
Paternal Grandfather:
Thomas Howard,
2nd Duke of Norfolk
Paternal Great-grandfather:
John Howard,
1st Duke of Norfolk

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Katherine Moleyns

Paternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth Tilney
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Sir Frederick Tilney

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Cheney

Mother:
Joyce Culpeper
Maternal Grandfather:
Sir Richard Culpeper
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Sir William Culpeper
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Ferrers of Groby

Maternal Grandmother:
Isabel Worsley

Maternal Great-grandfather:
Otwell Worsley of Stamworth
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Rose Trevor

Catherine Parr

Catherine ParrThe sixth and final wife of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr was born in 1512, acording to some authorities at Kendal Castle in Cumbria and was the daughter of Sir Thomas Parr and Maud Green. Catherine was a maternal 3rd cousin, once removed and and a paternal 4th cousin, once removed of her 3rd husband, King Henry VIII. Her paternal ancestry has been said to be more distinguished than that of Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour.

Signature of Catherine ParrCatherine's paternal grandmother Elizabeth FitzHugh, was the daughter of Alice Neville (the sister of Richard Neville, otherwise known as 'Warwick, the Kingmaker') Alice descended from Joan Beaufort and her second husband Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland. Joan Beaufort was the legitimized daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, third surviving son of King Edward III, himself the grandson of Edward I.

Catherine had a further descent from Edward I via her paternal great-great-grandmother, Alice Montacute, suo jure Countess of Salisbury, the wife of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, who was the son of Joan Beaufort and Ralph Neville. Both parents of the Countess of Salisbury shared a descent from Edward I, by her father Thomas Montacute, 4th Earl of Salisbury she descended from Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I and by her son 2nd Lord Monthermer by her second husband Lord Monthermer, Earl of Gloucester.

By her mother Lady Eleanor de Holland, who was the daughter of Joan of Kent, Princess of Wales and her first husband Thomas Holland of Upholland in Lancashire, she descended from Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent, Edward I's son by his second wife Margaret of France. Lady Eleanor Holland was the sister of King Henry VIII's paternal great-great-grandmother, Margaret Holland, wife of Sir John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (grandfather of Henry VIII's grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort).

By her maternal great-great-grandfather, Sir Thomas Greene, Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Catherine descended from Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, daughter of Edward I and Eleanor; Sir Thomas Greene descended from Princess Elizabeth's daughter Lady Eleanor Bohun, Countess of Ormonde. His wife, Hon. Philippa de Ferrers descended from Elizabeth of Rhuddlan's elder sister, Joan of Acre, by her daughters Lady Margaret de Clare, Countess of Gloucester and Lady Eleanor de Clare, Lady Despenser.

Catherine's paternal great-great-grandfather, Sir John Parr (born circa 1383) had married Agnes de Crophull, heiress to Sir Thomas de Crophull of Weobley Castle in Hertfordshire and Sybil de Bere. Agnes de Crophull 's grandfather, Sir John of Bonnington had married Margery de Verdun. The Verdun's descended from John I of England (via his illegitimate daughter Joan and her husband Llywelyn 'The Great', Prince of Gwynedd) and his sister Princess Eleanor, Queen of Castile, they also descended from David I, King of Scots and vis his mother St.Margaret from the The Saxon Royal House of Wessex. She had a further descent fromthe Scottish kings via King William "the Lion" of Scotland from his illegitimate daughter Isabella, Lady Ros, who married into the Parr family.

The Ancestry of Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr Father:
Sir Thomas Parr
Paternal Grandfather:
William Parr,
1st Baron Parr of Kendal
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Sir Thomas Parr

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Alice Tunstall

Paternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth FitzHugh
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Henry FitzHugh,
5th Baron FitzHugh

Paternal Great-grandmother:
Lady Alice Neville

Mother:
Maud Green
Maternal Grandfather:
Sir Thomas Green
Lord of Greens Norton
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Sir Thomas Greene
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Matilda Throckmorton

Maternal Grandmother:
Joan Fogge

Maternal Great-grandfather:
Sir John Fogge
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Alice Haute