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Happy birthday to Catherine of Aragon!

| December 16, 2017

On this day in history, sometime during the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to her youngest daughter at the Archbishop of Toledo’s palace at Alcalá de Henares, a town just east of Madrid. Isabella and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, named their daughter Catalina after her great-grandmother, […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

| December 16, 2016

During the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Catherine of Aragon was born at the recently reformed fortified palace at Alcalá de Henares, a town just east of Madrid. Pregnancy had not stopped Catherine’s mother, Isabella I of Castile, from waging war on the Moors, and she had spent the summer of 1485 moving around Andalucia, […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

| December 16, 2015

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

At some time during the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to a daughter at the Archbishop of Toledo’s Palace (Palacio Arzobispal de Alcalá de Henares) in the city of Alcalá de Henares, just over twenty miles north-east of Madrid. This little girl was to be the youngest surviving […]

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

| February 22, 2015

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

On 22 February 1511, Henry, Duke of Corwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, died at the age of just fifty-two days at Richmond Palace. Chronicler Edward Hall records his death: “After this great joy came sorowfull chaunce, for the young Prince, which was borne upon Neweyeres daye last past, upon the. xxii. […]

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, […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife and Queen Consort of Henry VIII

| December 16, 2013

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife and Queen Consort of Henry VIII

During the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Catherine of Aragon was born at the recently reformed fortified palace at Alcalá de Henares, a town just east of Madrid. Pregnancy had not stopped Catherine’s mother, Isabella I of Castile, from waging war on the Moors, and she had spent the summer of 1485 moving around Andalucia, […]