"I came not into this realm as merchandise, nor yet to be married to any merchant."
183: Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Born Queen of England and the First Wife of Henry VIII
Born: 16 December 1485, Madrid, Spain
Died: 7 January 1536, Kimbolton, England (Today in the United Kingdom)
Alternate Spelling: Katherine of Aragon
Catherine was originally married to Henry’s older brother and the heir—Arthur; however, Arthur died a year later, and she was remarried to Henry once he assumed the throne in 1509.
The first years of the marriage were happy—with Catherine matching Henry’s intellectual prowess and even serving as regent for two years while Henry was campaigning against the French.
She gave birth to six children in eight years, unfortunately all but Mary—the future Mary I--were either stillborn or died soon after birth. Because of this and Henry’s wants for a legitimate male heir (and the desire to get under Anne Boleyn’s skirts) Henry divorced Catherine on the grounds their marriage was incestuous because she had slept with Arthur—her first husband (not true but what did Henry care about the truth?).
Despite being beloved by the English People Henry forced Catherine to live out her final years in isolation and never allowed her to see her daughter Mary again.
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Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey
One Bloody Thing After Another by Jacob F Field
Powers & Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages by Dan Jones
The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones
The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser
The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Wier
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
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