Tag: catherine of aragon

Eustace Chapuys

Ambassadors to foreign courts are rarely remembered, but the name Eustace Chapuys is familiar to any lover of Tudor history. A champion of Catherine of Aragon and her daughter Mary, Chapuys has left behind him lots of letters and dispatches about one of the most tumultuous periods of English history. Although often easily dismissed as

Best Posts Of 2013

Hello everyone, the year is almost over. That means it’s time to take a small trip down memory lane and reminisce about some of the topics we’ve discussed this year. Here we go: Le Bon Genre: a series of prints depicting the lives, pastimes and interests of the Parisian middle class at the beginning of

Did Catherine Of Aragon Suffer A False Pregnancy?

Everyone knows that poor Mary I had two phantom pregnancies. Little known, instead, is the controversy that surrounded her mother’s first pregnancy. Maybe that’s because the records are sketchy. But they do hint at the possibility that Catherine of Aragon may have suffered a false pregnancy as well. Catherine had married Henry VIII on 11

The Birth Of Henry, Duke Of Cornwall

On 1 January 1511, in the very first hours of the morning, Catherine Of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a baby boy. Finally, England had an heir! His parents were overjoyed. The baby was called Henry, like his father and grandfather, and duly baptized four days later at the Chapel of

The Birth Of Mary I

On 18 February 1516 , at 4:00 am, at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, Queen Catherine, holding in her hands the belt of Saint Catherine to ease the pain of a long labour and pray for a safe delivery, finally gave birth to a bouncing and healthy baby. This was the Queen’s sixth pregnancy

Margaret Beaufort’s Advice To Catherine Of Aragon

Just before Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, the heir to the English throne, his grandmother Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, who was Queen Mother in all but name, sent her a series of instructions about life at the English court. Antonia Fraser remembers a couple of them in her book, The Six Wives Of Henry

Catherine Of Aragon Arrives In London

On 12 November 1501, Catherine of Aragon entered London. She was welcomed by cheering crowds while the King had organized a magnificent spectacle that was meant to awe the populace, charm the princess and herald a bright future for the country. Catherine was betrothed to the heir to the throne, Prince Arthur, and their marriage

Catherine Of Aragon’s Childhood

Despite being heavily pregnant, Queen Isabella of Castile, wife of Ferdinand of Aragon, followed her troops at war with the Moors who had settled in the south of Spain. In the autumn, she finally decided to travel north and settle at Cordova to await the birth but, due to the inclement weather conditions, she never