The story of Katherine Parr is quite tragic indeed — she married an old and ailing King Henry VIII when she would have preferred to marry her love, Thomas Seymour. When Henry died in 1547, she secretly married Thomas. The lovebirds had finally been reunited, but imagine the scandal and heartbreak when pregnant Katherine heard about/witnessed Thomas with young Elizabeth in an inappropriate situation. Katherine gave birth to their daughter Mary and shortly thereafter died of puerperal fever. Sigh. It seems as though Katherine Parr would not be able to find life long happiness.
Sudeley Castle (from previous blog post)
“The 15th century Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire was rebuilt in the late 1540s by Lord Thomas Seymour. Thomas was the brother of the Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector to Edward Vl; their sister, Jane, had been Henry Vlll’s third wife, who had died giving birth to Edward in 1537, making the brothers the young king’s uncles.” –The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain by Charles Phillips (p.363)
After the king’s death, Thomas Seymour married Henry’s widow Katherine Parr. Thomas and Katherine moved into Sudeley Castle where she gave birth to their daughter, Mary on 30 August 1548. Katherine died there from puerperal fever a week later and was buried in St. Mary’s Church near the castle.