Catherine of Aragon
A board dedicated to Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII's first Queen Consort (1509-1533) and mother to Mary I of England (1553-1558).
"The Disgrace of Wolsey", by Henry Monro, a painting of Cardinal Wolsey attempting to persuade Catherine of Aragon to admit her marriage was invalid and join a nunnery. It was assumed that because Catherine was so pious, she would willingly retire to a convent. However, she defied that assumption and all the powerful men in England at that time, including her husband, by refusing to acknowledge her marriage as a sham and her daughter as a bastard.
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire - This is where Catherine of Aragon was lived when Henry VIII sent her away from court. Anne Boleyn was given the Queen's Chambers at Whitehall, Greenwich, etc. Catherine died, most likely of cancer, with very few attendants in the damp marshes of Ludlow.
Double Portrait (or Diptych) of Philip the Good and his third wife, Isabella of Portugal, mother of his heir, Charles the Bold. Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent. They were the great-grandparents of Philip the Fair, husband of Juana of Castile, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, and sister of Catherine of Aragon.
Double Portrait (or Diptych) of Charles of Burgundy and his second wife, Isabella of Bourbon, grandparents of Philip the Fair, who married Catherine of Aragon's sister, Juana of Castile. Their only surviving child, Mary of Burgundy, one of the great marriage prizes of the day, married Maximilian Habsburg, who eventually became Holy Roman Emperor.
24 June 1509 – the Coronation of Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon | Henry VIII & his new bride were crowned King & Queen of England at Westminster Abbey on Midsummer’s Day, 1509. Henry decided he & his Queen would have a joint coronation. It was a lavish, public event, followed by a special tournament & two days of merriment, jousting & feasting. IMAGE: Crowned Tudor Rose and a Pomegranate, Catherine's personal badge.
Detail of a portrait of Eleanor of Austria, Queen consort of Portugal and of France. The eldest child and daughter of Juana I of Castile and Philip of Castile, she was a niece of Queen Catherine of Aragon and a cousin to Queen Mary I of England. Portrait in the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II.