Henry the VIII and his wives.
Catherine of Aragon was the youngest child of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Monarchs of Spain. She was blessed with blue eyes, red hair and a fair complexion. At age three negotiations were already in the works for a betrothal to Arthur, Henry's older brother.
|Catherine at age 11|
At the young age of 16 she married Arthur, Prince of Wales, 15, but the marriage was short lived and one year later he died from an unknown cause. Catherine stood firm that the marriage had never been consummated. She was a deeply religious woman, holding firm to the Catholic Church. I suppose some of that profound faith was due to her studies in the canon law, religion and theology. At the age of 24 she married Henry, now King of England.
She and Henry were a good match as she was intelligent and a competent Regent when Henry was gone. Catherine successfully oversaw a battle with the Scots while Henry busied himself waging war against France. Though there are many speculations out there why Henry married Catherine, the romance writer in me latches on to every word I read that suggest it could have been plain and simple romance. Henry was young and Catherine was around and would have been someone he could regularly talk to. An older woman, six years his senior, I believe he fell in love with her.
|Henry jousting in Catherine's honor as she sits watching having just given birth to their son.|
|Mary, daughter of Catherine and Henry|
Catherine refused to recognize Anne as queen and always believed she was the rightful wife and queen. Catherine spent her later years, choosing to confine herself to one room and leaving only for mass. She died at Kimbolton Castle at the age of fifty.
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