If you’ve ever wanted to see the reigns of Henry VIII’s wives represented in a pie chart, the New Statesman is here to serve.
Catherine was queen for 24 years. That’s nearly seven times longer than her nearest successor. It’s nearly 50 times longer than Anne of Cleves, who was queen for all of six months. There was barely time to adjust the headband on the crown.
Frame it a pie chart (what’s more fun than a historical pie chart?) and you can see that Catherine was queen for nearly two-thirds of Henry’s entire reign.