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. […]

7 March 1530 – The Pope Threatens Henry VIII with Excommunication

| March 7, 2014

7 March 1530 – The Pope Threatens Henry VIII with Excommunication

On 7th March 1530 Pope Clement VII issued a bull threatening Henry VIII with excommunication if he proceeded to marry again. The Pope had been informed by Queen Catherine of Aragon that her husband had “boasted” that he would take a second wife “notwithstanding the inhibition and mandate against him”, so the Pope was acting […]

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon Has a Stillborn Daughter

| January 31, 2014

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon Has a Stillborn Daughter

On 31st January 1510, Catherine of Aragon’s first pregnancy ended with her going into premature labour and giving birth to a stillborn daughter. It was obviously a devastating blow to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon and what made the situation harder was that Catherine’s abdomen continued to swell and her physician advised that she […]

29 January 1536 – The Burial of Catherine of Aragon

| January 29, 2014

29 January 1536 – The Burial of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, died on 7th January 1536 and was buried as the Dowager Princess of Wales, the title which she herself had never recognised, at Peterborough’s Benedictine abbey on 29th January 1536. In his recent biography of Catherine of Aragon, Patrick Williams gives details of the preparations for Catherine’s […]

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife of Henry VIII

| January 7, 2014

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife of Henry VIII

On 7th January 1536, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle. She had been ill for a few months, but felt worse after drinking a draught of Welsh ale in December 1535. This, combined with the embalmer’s report that all of her organs were healthy apart from her heart, […]

5 January 1531 – The Pope Forbids Henry VIII to Remarry

| January 5, 2014

5 January 1531 – The Pope Forbids Henry VIII to Remarry

On this day in history, 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII forbidding him to remarry, and threatening him with excommunication if he took matters into his own hands and disobeyed Rome: “At the request of the Queen, forbids Henry to remarry until the decision of the case, and declares that if […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife and Queen Consort of Henry VIII

| December 16, 2013

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife and Queen Consort of Henry VIII

During the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Catherine of Aragon was born at the recently reformed fortified palace at Alcalá de Henares, a town just east of Madrid. Pregnancy had not stopped Catherine’s mother, Isabella I of Castile, from waging war on the Moors, and she had spent the summer of 1485 moving around Andalucia, […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon Leaves Spain

| September 27, 2013

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon Leaves 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 sail from the port of Laredo in Spain. Her ship was headed for England and she was due to marry the heir to the English throne, Arthur, Prince of Wales. It was […]