1 January – Chapuys visits the dying Queen Catherine, and Granada surrenders

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd January 1536, imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, visited his good friend, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII and a woman who was now officially called the Dowager Princess of Wales.

Catherine was seriously ill, in fact, she was dying, and this would be the last time that Chapuys saw her.

Find out from Chapuys’ own account what happened in the four days he spent with Catherine of Aragon…

You can read Chapuys’ full letter to Emperor Charles V at https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/spain/vol5/no2/pp1-10 – document number 3.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 2nd January 1492, the Moors surrendered Granada to the forces of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile. Find out more…

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