Katharine’s Last Words to Henry VIII

Faithful Unto the End

Her death was approaching. Being a strong Catholic with a deep faith and prayer life helped her to realize this. Her husband, Henry VIII, had locked her away so as to marry another – Anne Boleyn.  His reason was unjust, so the Pope refused to grant an annulment.
In spite of this grave humiliation and heartbreak inflicted upon her, Queen Katharine maintained her part of the marriage contract. Her fidelity to her vow, “for better, for worse,” was put to the test, and she passed with flying colors by writing this last letter to her husband, the king:

My most dear lord, King and husband,

The hour of my death now drawing on, the tender love I ouge [owe] thou forceth me, my case being such, to commend myselv to thou, and to put thou in remembrance with a few words of the healthe and safeguard of thine allm [soul] which thou ougte to preferce before all worldley matters, and before the care and pampering of thy body, for the which thoust have cast me into many calamities and thineselv into many troubles. For my part, I pardon thou everything, and I desire to devoutly pray God that He will pardon thou also. For the rest, I commend unto thou our doughtere Mary, beseeching thou to be a good father unto her, as I have heretofore desired. I entreat thou also, on behalve of my maides, to give them marriage portions, which is not much, they being but three. For all mine other servants I solicit the wages due them, and a year more, lest they be unprovided for. Lastly, I makest this vouge [vow], that mine eyes desire thou aboufe [above] all things.     7 January 1536




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