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 […]

2 January 1492 and 1536

| January 2, 2017

Two of my “on this day in history” posts that I post daily on the Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page are linked to Catherine of Aragon today. On this day in history, 2nd January 1536, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, arrived at the dying Catherine of Aragon’s bedside in Kimbolton Castle. You can read Chapuys’ […]

Catherine of Aragon – Your Thoughts?

| December 16, 2016

Today is the birthday of Catherine of Aragon, or Catalina de Aragón, so I wanted to take this opportunity to ask you for your thoughts on this 16th-century woman. Even though she was married to Henry VIII for nearly 24 years, she’s so often ignored in favour of the wives who people perceive to be […]

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, […]

30 November – Cross Ladies and a Golden Speech

| November 30, 2016

On this day in history, 30th November 1529, St Andrew’s Day, the two women in King Henry VIII’s life got rather cross with him. Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was still Henry’s wife at this time, confronted the king regarding his treatment of her, which she said was causing her “the pains of Purgatory on […]

Imagining the Butterflies of the Alhambra – Wendy J. Dunn

| November 28, 2016

Imagining the Butterflies of the Alhambra – Wendy J. Dunn

A big welcome to historical novelist Wendy J. Dunn who is joining us today on the first stop of her book tour for Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters, Book 1 in Katherine of Aragon Story. It’s a wonderful book. MadeGlobal Publishing is offering a paperback copy to one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower. […]

6 November – A meeting, a procession and an abandoned queen

| November 6, 2016

6th November was quite a busy day in Tudor history! We have Mary Tudor’s entry into Paris, following her coronation on this day in 1514; we have the first meeting of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, on this day in 1501; and then we have Henry VIII abandoning Catherine Howard at Hampton Court Palace […]