January 3, 2012
I think H7 choice was a calculated move to further endorse his right to the throne. After all Catherine was by way of was related to John of Gaunt, through his second wife Constance of Castille. Henry was also related to John of Gaunt, granted on the bastard sprig of the line.
Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod
November 18, 2010
I agree that KoA was a suitable bride due to her Plantaganet roots.
But I believe there was a dearth of suitable royal brides whose fathers were loathe to marry them into a potentially unstable country given the dynastic wars which had raged until recently.
Marguerite of Angouleme had been proposed as a bride to Henry VIII in 1502(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_de_Navarre). So she could have been a possible bride for Arthur but the lure of a marriage and political alliance with a united Spain would have been a lot more persuasive given the closeness in age of Arthur and Katherine.
It's always bunnies.
February 24, 2010
It was advantageous for Henry to make an alliance with a great power, and Spain was powerful. Henry wanted to put England on the map as a thriving nation, and eventually a power to be reckoned with, not just a little island kingdom of no matter. A marriage connection to a country like Spain could only help move England onto the playing field.
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