Catherine of Aragon Giveaway
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Did Henry love Catherine of Aragon? It’s the question that many Tudor authors and scholars ask find themselves debating about. I personally believe that Henry loved Catherine yet the age difference, Catherine’s inability to provide a male heir, and Henry’s belief that his marriage was unlawful in the eyes of God that caused a rift to develop between them.
Catherine was born 16th of December, 1485. Henry was born six years later on the 28th of June, 1491. Sixteen years later she married Arthur Tudor. A ten year old Henry was Catherine’s escort to her wedding. Dressed all in white Henry was in awe of Catherine and like the Henry most of us have read about, he showed off for Catherine in the form of dance. In fact, he danced so vigorously with his sister that he had to remove his doublet, which left him only in his shirt sleeves.
Catherine’s marriage to Arthur was short-lived, and she soon found herself a window in a foreign land. At the mercy of her father-in-law, Henry VII, Catherine’s future in England was uncertain. After the death of his father and his own ascension to the throne, one of Henry VIII’s first acts was to marry Catherine.
He professed his love for her through poetry, songs, pageants and jousts. No one in England doubted that they were in love. And at this point in time their ages were perfectly suited, Henry was 18 and Catherine 24. They enjoyed the same actives, accompanied each other on pilgrimages, and when Henry was in England shared the hours discussing political and religious matter. Henry often sought her advice on matters of State and when he was on campaign he left Catherine as Regent. Catherine was a worthy Regent and her orchestration of the Battle of Flodden proved to be one of the pivotal battles during Henry’s reign.
The death of their children began to take a toll upon Henry and he began to fear the Lord was punishing him for taking his brother’s wife. And it was the following verse from Levities Chapter 20 Verse 16 that plagued Henry.
“If a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an impurity; he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.”
By this time, the age difference was starting to become a factor as well. At 35 Henry was in the prime of his life, excelling in sports, dancing till the wee hours of the morning, and campaigning in foreign lands. Catherine now at 41 was becoming weary. The death of the her children, her inability to provide an heir, and her decision at this point in her life to sit back and take in the Court rather than to be a part of it created an unbridgeable chasm.
I believe that it was Henry’s love for Catherine that saved her from the block. If they would have been closer in age, I believe that the outcome would have been differently.
Answer to the Tudor Trivia question: Why was Catherin’s name spelled with a “C”?
Catherine was born Catalina de Aragón. Henry VII deemed the name Catalina too foreign to be accepted by the English, thus she became Catherine of Aragon. She was the only wife of Henry’s to sign her name with a C.
Today’s Giveaway is the:
Catherine of Aragon Pack.
This pack includes the following:
1 copy of Catherine of Aragon: The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII by Giles Tremlett
1 Disappearing Wives Mug (courtesy of Target)
1 tin of Pomegranate Green Tea from The Republic of Tea
I have to say that I own and *love* this mug. When hot water is added the wives disappear.
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In your mind, who was Henry VIII?
Tudor Trivia Question:
The Battle of Flodden took place in 1513. It was England against Scotland, what was Henry’s connection to this battle?
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