The relationship between princess Mary, Queen Anne of Cleves and Queen Kathryn Howard:
It was portrait in S3 of “The tudors” Mary not accepting her father’s and cromwell’s choice for wife, the german so called lutheran princess, Anne of Cleves.
Was it the truth? Mary’s reaction about Anne of Cleves? According to Alison Weir, indeed it was:
“The religion of the bride provoked some comment. The Lady Mary was at first dismayed to learn that her father was marrying a Lutheran heretic”.
My personal opinion comes now, i don’t find Alison the better resource, but since it was show on the series i believe it’s important to point this out.
Antonia Fraser says otherwise:
“Maria(Anne’s mother) was no Isabella of Castile; nor were the exciting ideas of the Renaissance in educating women, or at least princesses. Duchess Maria was a strict catholic she was not subject to the liberal reforming that of which her father and husband were connected with. Maria was strict and believed in a strict upbringing for her daughters”
So, Anne of Cleves, being Catholic or Lutheran she was very well loved by her stepdaughters. As ‘sister of the king” after her shameful divorce, she was often invited to court and to receive the good presence of both Mary and Elizabeth, Who were very found on her.
Is important to remember that when Mary entered in London as Queen of England, she rode besides Anne of Cleves and her sister, Elizabeth.
When The king divorced Anne of Cleves he already possessed a new Queen in his mind, she was Norfolk’s niece, cousin to the doomed Anne Boleyn, her name was Kathryn Howard and she have been lady in waiting to the Cleves Queen.
At first Mary didn’t like Kathryn, why?
- Maybe for her manners, not for a Queen
- Maybe because of her link to Anne Boleyn
- Or even because of her age.
Mary was older and still unmarried, while Kathryn, a child was married to the king of England. Anna Whitelock says:
“Relations between Mary and Katherine Howard were initially fraught. The new queen was a cousin of Anne Boleyn and five years younger than Mary. On December 5, Chapuys told the emperor’s sister that the queen had tried to remove two of Mary’s attendants because she believed that the princess was showing less respect to her than to her predecessors. Mary’s behavior evidently improved, as it was soon reported that she had “found means to conciliate” Katherine and “thinks her maids will remain”
So things didn’t start well, but soon would change.
Mary and Kathryn changed their actiosn towars each other, Mary show respect to her Queen and Kathryn recognized her atittudes. They even coper together David Starkey appoints one of chapuys that both Royal couple wen to to visti the Prince at Watham Holy Cross at the request of the king’s Elder daughter, but chiefly at the intercession of the Queen herself.
Also, according to Chapuys, Henry gave permission to Mary stay in court and was received in good graces by the queen’s part.
Kathryn seems to have cared for her Mary, when she showed to the Queen the respect she deserved, and she even cared for her kin, Elizabeth, giving her gifts.
David Starkey says that she was working to make the Royal family all united, together, sad that her destiny didn’t left her doing so.
Anne Whitelock- Princess, bastard and Queen
David starkey- The six wives of Henry the VIII
Alison Weir -The six wives of Henry the VIII
Antonia Fraser- The six wives of Henry the VIII