History Meme | [3/9] Kings & Queens → Catherine of AragonCatherine of Aragon was Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII and previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Prince Arthur. In 1507, she also held the position of ambassador for the Spanish Court in England, becoming the first female ambassador in European history.
Katherine of Aragon addressing Henry VIII before the Legatine Court
By an unknown artist
Stipple print, 1780
Henry VIII Writing Box
This writing box is thought to have been made in the court workshops of Henry VIII. It is decorated with the heraldic badges of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, as well as showing Christ, St George, Mars, Venus, Cupid and Helen of Troy. This item is thought to have been made between 1520 and 1527, as miniatures such as the ones seen, only became popular after 1520 and Henry VIII began to divorce Katherine of Aragon in 1527. This box may have been kept by Henry VIII or may have been created as a royal gift.
The Norman Devizes Castle
(built in 1120 and became the property of Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of Henry VIII)
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Read the full transcript, in modern English at the British Library website.
In June 1518, King Henry VIII wrote to Cardinal Wolsey that his Queen, Catherine of Aragon, was once again expecting a child. After the birth of Princess Mary in 1516, Henry VIII hoped that this time the baby would be a boy.
Consumed with anticipation and vigilance, Henry VIII apologized for not being able to travel with his wife to London from their residence in Woodstock, citing Catherine’s “dangerous tymes”. He would like for her to travel very little, it seems, to try to protect the unborn babe even if it meant for him to wrap his wife in cottonwool.
In light of Catherline’s difficult pregnancies throughout the years, the father-to-be was also carefully cautious. He cautioned that the pregnancy and future birth “nott as a ensuryd thyng, but as athyng wherin I have grette hoppe and lyklyodes” (not as a certain thing, but as a thing in which I have great hope and likelihood).
Several months later, Catherine of Aragon gave birth not to a boy, but a girl who died shortly afterwards.
—via the British Library
One of Katherine of Aragon’s ladies-in-waiting was Maud Green, mother of Henry’s sixth wife, Catherine Parr.
So She was named after her husband’s first wife
Yep. Plus Katherine of Aragon was Catherine Parr’s godmother. None of these facts are really helping the situation be more normal…
Katherine of Aragon
Attributed to Lucas Horenbout
Watercolour on vellum, circa 1525-1526