Catherine Parr


Why won’t you remember me?
I really cannot think.
I was the sixth of Henry’s wives,
But I’m the missing link.

Anne Boleyn died headless.
Catherine was the first,
And the only reason Jane in known,
Is for dying in childbirth.

The second Catherine also had
A rather nasty fall,
But Anne of Cleves is known by you,
Despite lasting least of all.

I was a well read woman,
And I was a published author;
Henry nearly had me killed,
But I united him with daughter.

I was the most accomplished wife,
But I survived a nasty fall,
And because I died with head intact,
I’m known by bugger all.

Divorced, beheaded, died,
Divorced, beheaded, survived.
You know the other five…….

I think you need a gimmick
In this game called fame.
So maybe you’d remember me
If I was criminally insane?

I brought up Queen Elizabeth,
But Seymour slashed her gown,
And that’s all you remember;
That I was married to a clown.

So say this mantra daily,
“She was the best by far”,
And soon you may remember,
My name was Catherine Parr!


About The Author

Eddie Boverington

Edward “Eddie” Boverington is a freelance moustachioculturalist and professional cobbler, a student of history, and in his spare time composes medieval inspired poems and lute ballads in the 16th century style. He grew up in Clapham in the 1950s, where he still lives above his family’s shoe repair shop. Some of his moustache designs have won awards in prestigious international competitions, such as Le Concourse de Bacchantes et Moustaches de Francais. He can also polish, recondition and resole even the finest boots overnite for only £25.

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