A Catholic wife of a Catholic king in a virulently Protestant country, things were always going to be hard for England's first Italian queen.
As a daughter of England's oldest ally, Catherine came to marry a king of a restored monarchy. Sadly, there were more than just two people in their marriage.
Not long after Henrietta arrived in France, the Royalist cause in England collapsed and her husband was executed. What would she do now?
For the poem, go to page 169 of this book - https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn23/9033/90333419.23.pdf
As Civil War swept across Charles's three kingdoms, Henrietta did her best to support her husband.
When she looked back over her life, Henrietta recognised these years as the happiest of her life.
With violence setting in on the Continent, England sought a wife for Prince Charles who might give them an advantage in the escalating war in Germany. what they got, was an unrepentant Catholic who was determined to be an active queen
After coming down south of the wall, Anne had a lot to live up to after the death of Gloriana. She may not have ruled a kingdom, but she did help define a courtly culture.
Coming from the famed at Elsinore, Anne was greeted by cheering crowds when she finally made it safely over to Scotland. But if they were expecting some meek, placid, blushing bride, they had a nasty surprise
As relations with the Habsburgs soured, Elizabeth and her councillors cast their eyes to the young brothers of the King of France: Henry, Duke of Anjou, and Francis, Duke of Alencon
Terrified of leaving England without an heir, Elizabeth's councillors searched Europe to find a suitable groom. First up, were Eric of Sweden, and Archduke Charles of Austria.
Elizabeth I is known to history as the Virgin Queen, but that didn't mean that she couldn't have a few dalliances in her time. Today we look at her two great English favourites: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.
With the coming to the throne of Mary I, England had an undisputed female ruler for the first time. There were many things to deal with, but key was the matter of her marriage.
I chat with Elizabeth Norton, historian and author of tons of books on queens, about all of the six wives of Henry VIII. I also reveal who you have crowned as your favourite queen!
Katherine had survived the conservative plot against her, but her position was not strong upon the death of her husband. Her quick remarriage was for love - but it was handled all wrong.
The first Queen of England to have a book published in her own name, Katherine Parr used her time on the throne to try and push England towards radical religious reform. And it would nearly cost her everything.
I GAVE YOU THE WRONG LINK FOR JUSTGIVING!
Katherine Parr was far from unprecedented in becoming a reluctant queen, but, if queen she must be, then she wanted to take full advantage.
Henry's final and most reluctant wife, Katherine Parr had quite an eventful life before becoming Queen of England