18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2018

18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

In autumn 1528, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, was sent to England by Pope Clement VII to hear the case for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the Pope’s viceregent. Campeggio managed to stall things for […]

11 June 1509 – Wife number 1 for Henry VIII: Catherine of Aragon

| June 11, 2018

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, just over seven weeks after he’d become king, seventeen-year-old Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon (Catalina de Aragón), daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, in the queen’s closet at Greenwich Palace. The wedding ceremony was a private and low-key affair as […]

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII

| January 7, 2018

On this day in history, 7th January 1536, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII and the daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, the renowned Catholic Reyes (monarchs) died at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine had been ill for several months, but had felt […]

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, […]

12 June 1530 – Henry VIII gets a telling off from Catherine of Aragon

| June 12, 2017

On this day in history, Sunday 12th June 1530, according to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, Henry VIII got a good telling off from his wife, Catherine of Aragon. At this time, of course, Henry was involved with Anne Boleyn and was trying desperately to get his marriage to Catherine annulled. What did Catherine have […]

60 Second History – Catherine of Aragon

| May 2, 2017

60 Second History – Catherine of Aragon

My latest 60-second history video is on Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII. There was so much I wanted to say about this queen consort, but so little time, so I tried my best and I hope you enjoy it. As I’ve explained before, the idea of this series is to give information […]

29 January 1536 – A sad day

| January 29, 2017

On the day of the burial of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, at Peterborough Abbey, Queen Anne Boleyn miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months” at Greenwich Palace. It is an event which has become surrounded by myths, with some claiming that Anne Boleyn miscarried a monstrous baby […]

7 January 1536 – Catherine of Aragon dies at Kimbolton Castle

| January 7, 2017

On this day in history, 7th January 1536, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine had been ill for several months but felt worse after drinking a draught of Welsh beer in December 1535 and this, combined with the embalmer’s report that all of her organs were healthy […]