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16 December 1485 – Birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon

| December 16, 2014

16 December 1485 – Birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon

Sometime during the night of 15th/16th December 1485 Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to a daughter, Catalina, at Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid. Catalina was the last child of Isabella and her husband Ferdinand II of Aragón and was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Catalina of Castile or Catherine of Lancaster. Of course, […]

30 November 1529 – The long suffering Catherine of Aragon

| November 30, 2014

30 November 1529 – The long suffering Catherine of Aragon

On 30th November 1529, St Andrew’s Day, Catherine of Aragon confronted her husband Henry VIII about the way he was treating her, saying that she had “long been suffering the pains of Purgatory on earth” and that she was “very badly treated by his refusing to dine with and visit her in her apartments”. It […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail from Spain

| September 27, 2014

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail from Spain

At 5pm on 27th September 1501, fifteen year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, set off from the port of Laredo in Spain bound for England. She was travelling to England because her parents and Henry VII had negotiated a marriage match for Catherine to marry Arthur, […]

9 September 1513 – Victory for Regent Catherine of Aragon

| September 9, 2014

9 September 1513 – Victory for Regent Catherine of Aragon

On the 9th September 1513, while Henry VIII was away, busy campaigning against the French, James IV and his Scottish troops crossed the border and challenged the English force, which was headed by Thomas Howard, the Earl of Surrey, at Flodden in Northumberland. Before leaving for France, Henry VIII had left his wife, Catherine of […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

| July 3, 2014

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

On Wednesday 3rd July 1533, Catherine of Aragon’s chamberlain William Blount, Lord Mountjoy, was instructed to inform his mistress that she was to recognise her new title of “Princess Dowager” and to refrain from referring to herself as “Queen”. The annulment of Catherine’s marriage to Henry VIII had been declared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer on […]

11 June 1509 – The Wedding of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| June 11, 2014

11 June 1509 – The Wedding of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

On the 11th June 1509, 17 year-old King Henry VIII married 23 year-old Catherine of Aragon, widow of his brother, Arthur, Prince of Wales, in the Queen’s closet at Greenwich Palace. The wedding was a private one, with just two witnesses, Lord Steward Shrewsbury and William Thomas, a groom of the privy chamber. The wedding […]

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

| May 23, 2014

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer announced the sentence of the special court that had met at Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire, to examine Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The trial had opened on 10th May 1533, following Convocation’s decision that the Pope did not […]

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

| April 9, 2014

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

On 9th April 1533, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, received a visit from members of the King’s Council, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The purpose of their visit was to inform Catherine that Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn and that Catherine was no longer queen. […]