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 […]

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon suffers a still-birth

| January 31, 2015

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon suffers a still-birth

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.” Although she had lost her baby, Catherine’s abdomen stayed […]

7 January 1536 – The Death of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

| January 7, 2015

7 January 1536 – The Death of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

At 2pm on 7th January 1536, fifty year-old Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire, where she had resided since April 1534. Catherine had been suffering with ill health for a number of months but her condition took a turn for the worse at Christmas 1535. Catherine suffered awful stomach pains, sickness and was […]

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, […]