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Katherine of Aragon and her siblings
April 9, 2011
2:59 pm
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Anyanka
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Katherine and her sibings should have had united Europe due to thier marriages. And yet tragedy blighted thier lives.

 

Isabella was married to  successive kings of Portugal and died in child-birth aged 28. The death of Juan left Isabella heiress to the thrones of Aragon and Castile. The death of her son aged 23 months left her sister Juana the heiress to the joint thrones.

 

Juan was married to Margaret of Austria and died aged 19 leaving behind a pregnant widow who delivered a stillborn daughter.

 

Juana ( la loco) was married to Margaret's brother, Philp whom she rapidly feel in love with. Sadly Philip didn't love her as much, and while they had 6 children, his infideility caused Juana much grief. Her succession to the throne of Castile in 1504 was followed in 1506 by the death of Philip. Her devotion to his corpse and the failure of her attempts to rule alone, let Ferdinand back as regent this time. Juana was eventually confined to the Convent of Santa Clara where she died aged 75.

 

Maria became the second wife of Manuel of Portugal  who her sister Isabella had left a widower. They became the parents of 8 children and  Maria died aged 34.

 

Katherines was the youngest and became the wife first of Arthur and then his brother Henry.

 

All 5 children of Ferdinand and Isabella were described as being pale with auburn/gold hair. all were also described as passionate and although thier marriages were based on the need for political alliences, it seems several of them turned into love matches as well.

 

Ferdinand married a second time and had another son who died hours after birth. He was also the father of several illegitmate children.

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April 9, 2011
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You know, you're kind of right.  They really should have been something of a perfect storm.

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April 9, 2011
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Julia Fox has a new book out shortly supposedly about Katherine and Juana.  It's a little confusing as it has a picture of Katherine on the cover and is called 'Katherine of Aragon' but everything I've read about it says it's about both sisters.  I'm really hoping it is, as it would be nice to learn more about Katherine's siblings.

Between them they should've ruled Europe but just like with Henry fate had other plans…. 

April 14, 2011
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Hmm, have you read Julia Fox's book? I read hers on Jane Rochford and was not overly impressed.

Anyanka, this would make a very good “what if?” Together, this family could have ruled Europe.

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February 8, 2019
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Bella44 said
Julia Fox has a new book out shortly supposedly about Katherine and Juana.  It’s a little confusing as it has a picture of Katherine on the cover and is called ‘Katherine of Aragon’ but everything I’ve read about it says it’s about both sisters.  I’m really hoping it is, as it would be nice to learn more about Katherine’s siblings.

Between them they should’ve ruled Europe but just like with Henry fate had other plans….   

It is called Sister Queens. I really enjoyed it. But it presents a harsher picture of Katherine, one I happen to agree with. Many of her letters to Spain are included and show her to be more of a schemer than most portrayals, which are always saintly.

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