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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 […]

7 January 1536 – Catherine of Aragon dies at Kimbolton Castle

| January 7, 2016

7 January 1536 – Catherine of Aragon dies at Kimbolton Castle

On 7th January 1536, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Henry VIII’s first wife, fifty year-old Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton Castle, in Cambridgeshire, where she had been residing since April 1534. Catherine had been battling ill-health for a few months but had started to go down hill at Christmas 1535. Eustace Chapuys, the […]

2 January 1536 – Chapuys arrives at the dying Catherine of Aragon’s bedside

| January 2, 2016

2 January 1536 – Chapuys arrives at the dying Catherine of Aragon’s bedside

On 2nd January 1536, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, arrived at the dying Catherine of Aragon’s bedside in Kimbolton Castle. He wrote to Emperor Charles V on 9th January of his four-day visit to Catherine: “As I stated in my despatch of the 30th of December ult°., almost immediately after closing it I mounted my […]

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

| January 8, 2014

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

According to Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, on Sunday 8th January, the day after Catherine of Aragon’s death, Henry VIII “was clad all over in yellow, from top to toe, except the white feather he had in his bonnet” and he paraded the two-year old Princess Elizabeth to mass “with trumpets and other great triumphs”.1 […]

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon

| January 7, 2013

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon

On 7th January 1536, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, died at Kimbolton Castle. You can read all about her death in my article “The Death of Catherine of Aragon”. Catherine of Aragon was laid to rest on the 29th January 1536 at Peterborough Abbey, which […]

Yellow for Mourning – The Reaction of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to Catherine of Aragon’s Death

| January 8, 2012

Yellow for Mourning – The Reaction of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to Catherine of Aragon’s Death

As I explained yesterday, Catherine of Aragon died on the 7th January 1536 at Kimbolton Castle. A messenger arrived at Greenwich Palace with the news and when Henry VIII found out he cried “God be praised that we are free from all suspicion of war!”1, as Catherine’s death meant that Henry had no quarrel with […]

7th January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon

| January 7, 2012

7th January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon

At two o’clock in the afternoon of the 7th January 1536, Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton Castle after taking communion and giving her last confession to her confessor Jorge de Athequa, Bishop of Llandaff. She slipped away whilst praying to her Father in Heaven. Her death was not unexpected as […]