Falling Pomegranate Seeds – A Katherine of Aragon novel is available now!

| August 20, 2016

Falling Pomegranate Seeds – A Katherine of Aragon novel is available now!

I know many of you will join me in congratulating historical novelist Wendy J. Dunn on the release today of her book Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters, which is Book 1 in the Katherine of Aragon story. Wendy is someone I’ve got to know through running the Anne Boleyn Files and she is […]

31 January 1510 – A stillbirth for Queen Catherine of Aragon

| January 31, 2016

31 January 1510 – A stillbirth for Queen Catherine of Aragon

On this day in history, 31 January 1510, Queen Catherine of Aragon went into premature labour and gave birth to a still-born daughter. Her confessor, Fray Diego, reported that the birth had occurred “without any other pain except that one knee pained her the night before.” Read more…

Catherine of Aragon – Right to fight?

| January 29, 2016

Catherine of Aragon – Right to fight?

Today is the anniversary of Catherine of Aragon’s burial at Peterborough Abbey in 1536, so I just wanted to pose a question: “Was Catherine of Aragon right in fighting for her marriage and not accepting the annulment?” I’d love to hear your views on this so please do leave a comment. Allow me first to […]

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

| January 29, 2016

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

On 29th January 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”.1 As well as being a huge blow for both Anne and the king, this miscarriage was to have devastating consequences for Anne, her brother, some of their friends and Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth. […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

| December 16, 2015

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

At some time during the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to a daughter at the Archbishop of Toledo’s Palace (Palacio Arzobispal de Alcalá de Henares) in the city of Alcalá de Henares, just over twenty miles north-east of Madrid. This little girl was to be the youngest surviving […]

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

| August 14, 2015

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

On 29th July I received news that my best friend of thirty-three years had died. I was devastated, particularly as I was actually on my way to spend a few days with her and her family. Su was the best friend a girl could have, and an amazing woman, and I miss her like crazy. […]

25 June 1503 – Betrothal of Catherine of Aragon and Prince Henry

| June 25, 2015

25 June 1503 – Betrothal of Catherine of Aragon and Prince Henry

On Sunday 25th June 1503, seventeen year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, was formally betrothed to the nearly twelve year-old Prince Henry, the future Henry VIII and the second son of Henry VII, at the Bishop of Salisbury’s palace in Fleet Street, London. According to the […]

9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

| April 9, 2015

9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

On 9th April 1533, a delegation of Henry VIII’s councillors, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, visited Catherine of Aragon and informed her that the King was now married to Anne Boleyn. After they left, Catherine’s Chamberlain, Sir William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy, had to tell her that she had been demoted from […]