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, […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon Sets Sail for England

| September 27, 2012

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon Sets Sail for England

On this day in history, 27th September 1501, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, the 15 year old Catalina de Aragón, or Catherine of Aragon, set sail from the port of Laredo in Spain. Her ship was headed for England and she was due to marry the heir to the English throne, Arthur, Prince of […]

Catherine of Aragon – The Boring One?

| January 20, 2011

Catherine of Aragon – The Boring One?

I thought that I would write about the six wives and the various stereotypes, labels, myths and falsehoods which surround them by handling each wife in turn, in the order that Henry VIII married them. So, today, I’m going to look at Catherine of Aragon. Labels, Stereotypes and Representations I’m not quite sure what reaction […]

In Memory of Catherine of Aragon

| January 31, 2010

In Memory of Catherine of Aragon

I’m rather frustrated that I couldn’t post about this commemoration service for Catherine of Aragon, but due to snow and storms I couldn’t get online between Tuesday and Friday – sorry! Anyway, every year on the 29th January Peterborough Cathedral hold a special service to commemorate the life and death of Henry VIII’s first wife, […]