The Influence of Henry VIII's Wives on Tudor Fashion Ideals

Chapter 8 : Conclusion & Works Cited

Henry VIII was a monarch whose kingship was defined by the women around him. History remembers him not for his policy, but for his six wives.

He was a man in love with love, and his ruthless pursuit of the perfect mate proves this. Henry VIII’s idea of perfect beauty was built on more than just the expectations of the age. His animal instincts, academic and artistic interests, ego, and his experiences in failed relationships all affected his choices of queen consorts.

One thing is certain: each of Henry’s beautiful queens, no matter how short their tenure, left their mark on the fashion and beauty of the court of Henry VIII.

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