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’ […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

| December 16, 2015

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

At some time during the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to a daughter at the Archbishop of Toledo’s Palace (Palacio Arzobispal de Alcalá de Henares) in the city of Alcalá de Henares, just over twenty miles north-east of Madrid. This little girl was to be the youngest surviving […]

My Trip to Mojacar

| October 7, 2013

My Trip to Mojacar

On Saturday, Tim and I took the children to Mojacar, a town in the Almeria province of Andalucia, Spain, not far from where we live. Mojacar is divided into two parts: Mojacar Playa (beach) and Mojacar Pueblo (town), and it was Mojacar Pueblo we were interested in. Why is Claire sharing this with us? You […]

My Visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

| July 24, 2013

My Visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

I am lucky enough to live quite near to the historic city of Granada in Andalucia, Spain, home of the beautiful Alhambra. I have visited it many times and each time I go I think of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, who spent time a couple of years there there before […]

La Capilla Real de Granada – The Tombs of Ferdinand, Isabella and Juana

| May 6, 2013

La Capilla Real de Granada – The Tombs of Ferdinand, Isabella and Juana

Following on from my post about Granada’s Carthusian Monastery, my second mission on my visit to Granada last Friday was to visit La Capilla Real, the Royal Chapel, where Ferdinand II of Aragon, Isabella I of Castile, Joanna of Castile and Philip I (Philip the Handsome) are buried. It was a wonderful day to visit […]