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Katherine of Aragon

(1485-1536), First Queen of Henry VIII

Sitter associated with 16 portraits
Katherine of Aragon, queen of England, was the youngest daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. She was named Catalina (or Katherine as she was known in England) after her maternal great-grandmother. She came to England in 1501, aged fifteen, to marry Arthur, Prince of Wales, but only months after the marriage Arthur died. In 1509 she married Arthur's younger brother, Henry VIII. They had five children, of whom only Princess Mary, later Mary I of England, survived. Katherine died in 1536, firm in her refusal to relinquish her title as queen of England, despite Henry VIII's annulment of their union and remarriage to Anne Boleyn in 1533.

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Laurie Pettitt

19 March 2017, 11:18

Long before Henry became cruel, he was in love. Katherine of Aragon became his Regent whilst he was fighting for Pope Julius II and Pope Leo X, against Louis XII in France. The Popes thought that Louis's ambitions threatened a Christendom which was under attack on all fronts. Moghuls, Saracens. Russia, and the new Heresies brewing in Northern Europe. In 1513, when King James IV of Scotland (Perfidious Jim) set out to invade England, Katherine, at the head of an army of 40,000 was heading North. Thomas Howard, the Earl of Surrey demolished the Scottish Army at Flodden and Katherine's army was stood down. However, Surrey and Katherine thought it might be a good time to Invade Scotland but Henry, the beast, said "No. They have lost too much already". Letters between Katherine and Henry were often informal and 'jokey'. They spoke of an easy relationship
There is a wonderful Web Site called British History Online .AC in which, are the State Papers of Henry VIII. You can find out how much Sir Thomas Howard (son of Earl of Surrey) loved the Ship Mary Rose.
In my opinion, the Best of Henry's Queens.

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