7 January 1536 – The death of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII

| January 7, 2023

7 January 1536 – The death of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 7th January 1536, at two o’clock in the afternoon, King Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, who had been demoted to Dowager Princess of Wales, died at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine had been ill for several months, but had felt worse after drinking a draught of Welsh beer in […]

December 16 – Happy birthday to Queen Catherine of Aragon

| December 16, 2022

December 16 – Happy birthday to Queen Catherine of Aragon

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Catalina de Aragón was born during the night of 15th/16th December 1485 at Alcalá de Henares in Spain. She was the daughter of Isabella (Isabel) I of Castile and Ferdinand (Fernando) […]

October 7 – And the winner is… Catherine of Aragon, for now!

| October 7, 2022

October 7 – And the winner is… Catherine of Aragon, for now!

On this day in Tudor history, 7th October 1529, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the pope wrote to the English king regarding his quest for an annulment of his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. It wasn’t good news for Henry VIII. Pope Clement VII had decided that Henry VIII’s marriage […]

September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

| September 29, 2022

September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

On this day in Tudor history, 29th September 1528, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio landed at Dover on the south coast of England. Campeggio had been sent as a papal legate to hear Henry VIII’s case for annulment along with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the pope’s vice-regent. The […]

September 27 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail for England

| September 27, 2022

September 27 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail for England

On this day in Tudor history, 27th September 1501, in the reign of King Henry VII, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, set sail from Laredo in Spain. Catherine was headed for England to marry Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son and heir of King Henry […]

July 3 – Catherine of Aragon has a very bad day

| July 3, 2022

July 3 – Catherine of Aragon has a very bad day

This day in Tudor history, 3rd July 1533, was a bad day for Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII. Not only did Catherine have a sore foot from treading on a pin and a bad cough, but she was also told that she had to stop calling herself queen. Catherine was not […]

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

| June 21, 2022

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

On this day in Tudor history, 21st June 1529, ten days after her 20th wedding anniversary, Queen Catherine of Aragon appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars and delivered an impassioned speech which stole the show. This court was hearing the case for the annulment of Catherine’s marriage to the king, and Catherine was going […]

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

| June 18, 2022

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, made her protest at the Legatine Court in Blackfriars, a court that was examining the king’s case for an annulment of their marriage. What was Catherine protesting about? What were the grounds […]

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