Lead: Henry VIII at last had a son but lost his Queen to sickness associated with childbirth. He needed a new wife.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: After mourning the loss of Queen Jane Seymour Henry set out to find a new wife. As a husband the King of England left much to be desired. He was fat and overbearing and had an unsavory reputation among royal families in Europe at the time. After all he had dismissed his first wife in the middle of great international dispute, married his mistress, chopped off her head and then married hr lady-in-waiting. Perhaps it was the jokes currently in fashion that made the search for a fourth royal wife so ludicrous. The young Duchess Christian of Milan may not have said that if she had two necks, the King should have one of them, but such a myth was consistent with the general trend of gossip abroad at the beginning of 1538. Mary de Guise of France might not actually have reacted to the Henry's expressed interest in her voluptuous figure by remarking that she might be a big women, but she had a very little neck, but, as you can see the King had a problem.

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