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Katharine of Aragon: The Wives of Henry VIII by Jean Plaidy

For the first time in paperback--all three of Jean Plaidys Katharine of Aragon novels in one volume.

Legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy begins her tales of Henry VIIIs queens with the story of his first wife, the Spanish princess Katharine of Aragon.

As a teenager, Katharine leaves her beloved Spain, land of olive groves and soaring cathedrals, for the drab, rainy island of England. There she is married to the kings eldest son, Arthur, a sickly boy who dies six months after the wedding. Katharine is left a widow who was never truly a wife, lonely in a strange land, with a very bleak future. Her only hope of escape is to marry the kings second son, Prince Henry, now heir to the throne. Tall, athletic, handsome, a lover of poetry and music, Henry is all that Katharine could want in a husband. But their first son dies and, after many more pregnancies, only one child survives, a daughter. Disappointed by his lack of an heir, Henrys eye wanders, and he becomes enamored of another woman--a country noblemans daughter named Anne Boleyn. When Henry begins searching for ways to put aside his loyal first wife, Katharine must fight to remain Queen of England and to keep the husband she once loved so dearly.
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Katherine of Aragon

The Upbringing of Katherine of Aragon & Her Siblings

Arthur and Catherine lived at Ludlow castle where she became Princess of Wales. Just six months later Arthur was taken ill with sweating sickness and died. They married in a private ceremony in the church of the Observant Friars outside Greenwich Palace in She was 23 years old and the king was a few days away from his 18th birthday. Catherine testified that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated and as such was not valid. In , she held the position of ambassador for the Spanish Court in England, becoming the first female ambassador in European history.

At the age of three, she was betrothed to his infant son, Prince Arthur. In , shortly before her sixteenth birthday, Katharine sailed to England. But her marriage to Arthur lasted less than six months and was supposedly never consummated. When he became king in , at the age of eighteen, he promptly married Katharine and they lived together happily for many years. But their marriage produced just one living child, a daughter called Mary, and Henry was desperate for a male heir.

Post a Comment. Is there a collective noun for widows? She was born in , to the formidable military alliance made by the marriage of two of the most powerful Spanish strongholds and lived among the pomp and ceremony of their ritualistic court. She was plump-faced and pretty, with long auburn hair and caused a sensation with her foreign fashions and habits. As the heir to the Tudor dynasty, fourteen-year-old Arthur was the image of his father; dark haired, slender and sensitive looking, groomed for the throne since an early age. Their union was celebrated in style in November

Who Was Catherine of Aragon?

How historically accurate is The Spanish Princess? By Elinor Evans. The Spanish Princess, airing on Starz from 5 May, dramatises the story of the Spanish Catholic royal Catherine of Aragon — , who married into the Tudor dynasty at the beginning of the 16th century, setting in motion a chain of events that would redefine the history of the western world. Sign up to receive our newsletter! Already have an account with us?

They married in , but Arthur died five months later. She held the position of ambassador of the Aragonese Crown to England in , the first female ambassador in European history. During that time the English won the Battle of Flodden , an event in which Catherine played an important part with an emotional speech about English courage. He sought to have their marriage annulled , setting in motion a chain of events that led to England's schism with the Catholic Church. In their marriage was consequently declared invalid and Henry married Anne on the judgement of clergy in England, without reference to the Pope.

Catherine of Aragon had a famously fraught time as Queen , but for all the turmoil that her marriage to King Henry VIII entailed, Catherine was not the only woman in her family to find tribulations awaiting her on the throne. In fact, one could argue that Catherine's older sister, Juana, as seen on this week's episode of The Spanish Princess , had even worse luck when it came to ruling. While Catherine's marriage to Henry would lead to divorce, a religious revolution, and a struggle over succession that would stretch for generations, her sister would ultimately find herself, through a series of circumstances largely beyond her control, going down in history best known as Juana la Loca—Juana the Mad. Prior to Isabella and Ferdinand's marriage, Castile, which made up a large portion of the northern and central Iberian peninsula, and Aragon, which encompassed the northeastern region, were separate kingdoms. Though the marriage between Isabella and Ferdinand united the two crowns, establishing the kingdom of Spain, Castile and Aragon continued to maintain their own separate political and governmental structures and functioned essentially as separate countries; despite ruling over Spain together with his wife, Ferdinand had no legal claim on the Castilian throne, nor did Isabella on the crown of Aragon—a fact that would become tragically pivotal in Juana's life.

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