12 June 1530 – Henry VIII gets a telling off from Catherine of Aragon

On this day in history, Sunday 12th June 1530, according to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, Henry VIII got a good telling off from his wife, Catherine of Aragon.

At this time, of course, Henry was involved with Anne Boleyn and was trying desperately to get his marriage to Catherine annulled. What did Catherine have to say about this? Well, she exhorted him “to be again to her a good prince and husband, and to quit the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting” and referred to herself as “his true and lawful wife”. She should have boxed his ears!

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