Friday, January 16, 2015

E-Book Recommendation!

For all of you Tudor history lovers out there, you have undoubtedly wondered about the clothing worn by our favorite historical characters, especially Anne who was famous for her beautiful clothes. Now all of your questions can be answered; Amazon is offering the e-book Inside The Wardrobe of Anne Boleyn! It is a steal at only $2.99! Check it out here. I can't wait to read what you all think about it!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Death of Catherine of Aragon

On January 7, 1536 Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII and mother to Mary I, died at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine was the Queen of England from 1509-1533, when she was deposed by Anne Boleyn. Prior to her marriage to Henry, Catherine was styled Princes off Wales, as she was the wife of Prince Arthur, heir to the throne. 

Catherine was the daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, she was betrothed at age three to Arthur. In 1501 she was sent to England to marry the heir, he died less than six months later. Henry was elevated to the position of heir and Catherine's parents quickly began negotiations to have Catherine married to him. The two married in 1509 and remained together for many years, despite having no surviving sons. In 1516 Mary, their sole living child and heir, was born. 
In the 1520s Henry's interest in his once beautiful wife declined drastically and he began taking mistresses. In June 1519, Henry's acknowledged bastard son, Henry Fitzroy, was born. He carried on a known liaison with Mary Carey, sister to Anne Boleyn, as well. By 1527 Henry was actively seeking an annulment of his marriage on religious grounds with Wolsey and his other advisers pleaing with the Vatican for an intervention.

When the Pope, intimidated by Catherine's vast, powerful family, declined to give him an annulment despite years of negotiations Henry set into motion a break from Papal authority that would have enormous religious implications. Henry declared himself head of the Church in England and with the help of Thomas Cromwell, granted himself a divorce. The actions broke Catherine's heart and she spent the remainder of her life continuing to insist that she was Henry's true wife. She endured a great amount of suffering including being kept from her daughter and being stripped of her many titles. She was banished from court and lived out her life at Kimbolton. Her situation garnered a lot of sympathy from her supporters around the kingdom. Even her enemies admired her; Thomas Cromwell himself said "If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of history. She was a scholar, a friend and patron of famous humanists. She was loved by her people for her programs to help eradicate poverty and educate women. Catherine died alone. claiming her right to the queenship until the very end. It was a sad end to her great life.