Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon

Queen Consort of Henry Viii
Born Dec 16, 1485

Catharine of Aragon was the Spanish Queen consort of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England and Princess of Wales as the wife to Arthur, Prince of Wales. In 1507, she also held the position of Ambassador for the Spanish Court in England when her father found himself without one, becoming the first female ambassador in European history. For six months, she served as regent of England while Henry VIII was in France.… Read More

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1485 Birth Born on December 16, 1485.


1499 13 Years Old The two were married by proxy on 19 May 1499 and corresponded in Latin until Arthur turned fifteen, when it was decided that they were old enough to be married. … Read More
1501 15 Years Old Ten days later, on 14 November 1501, they were married at Old St. Paul's Cathedral. … Read More
1503 17 Years Old Following the death of his queen, Elizabeth of York, in February 1503, Henry VII initially considered marrying Catherine himself, but the opposition of her father and potential questions over the legitimacy of the couple's issue put paid to the idea. … Read More


1507 21 Years Old In 1507 she served as the Spanish ambassador to England, the first female ambassador in European history. … Read More
…  Catherine subsequently married Arthur's younger brother, the recently ascended Henry VIII, in 1509. … Read More
1513 27 Years Old 1 More Event
On 11June 1513, Henry appointed Catherine Regent or Governor of England while he went to France on a military campaign. … Read More


1517 31 Years Old …  Her doubts about Church improprieties certainly did not extend so far as to support the allegations of corruption made public by Martin Luther in Wittenberg in 1517, which were soon to have such far-reaching consequences in initiating the Protestant Reformation. … Read More
1520 34 Years Old In 1520, Catherine's nephew Holy Roman Emperor Charles V paid a state visit to England, and she urged Henry to enter an alliance with Charles rather than with France. … Read More
1525 39 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1525, Henry VIII was infatuated with Anne Boleyn and dissatisfied that his marriage to Catherine had produced no surviving sons, leaving their daughter, the future Mary I of England, as heiress presumptive at a time when there was no established precedent for a woman on the throne. … Read More


1529 43 Years Old …  Wolsey had failed and was dismissed from public office in 1529. … Read More
1530 44 Years Old When this was discovered, Henry ordered Wolsey's arrest and, had he not been terminally ill and died in 1530, he might have been executed for treason. … Read More
In 1533 their marriage was consequently declared invalid and Henry married Anne on the judgement of clergy in England, without reference to the Pope. … Read More
1535 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1535 she was transferred to Kimbolton Castle. … Read More


1536 50 Years Old After being banished from court, she lived out the remainder of her life at Kimbolton Castle, and died there on 7 January 1536. … Read More
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