Catherine of Lancaster

Queen consort of Castille Catherine of Lancaster

Catherine of Lancaster was Queen of Castile as the wife of King Henry III of Castile. Queen Catherine was the daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his second wife, Constance of Castile. She was born in Hertford Castle, her father's chief country home, on 31 March 1373. Catherine became Queen of Castile through her marriage to Henry III.
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Deceased
02 June 1418
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Hertfordshire

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  • 1418
    Queen Catherine died at Valladolid on 2 June 1418, of a stroke, leaving her thirteen-year-old son at the mercy of self-interested courtiers.
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  • 1416
    When Ferdinand died in 1416, Catherine's authority was reduced, because his rivals no longer supported her.
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  • 1406
    Henry III died in 1406, and according to his will, his widow, Catherine, and his brother, Ferdinand I of Aragon were to be joint regents during John II's minority, sharing their power with a royal council.
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  • 1390
    In September 1390, Catherine accepted the authority of the Avignon Papacy, under Antipope Clement VII and became a staunch supporter.
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    Her husband took over the throne after the death of his father in 1390, but only in 1393 he was declared of age and began to rule.
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  • 1388
    By 17 September 1388, Catherine was married to the nine-year-old Henry in Palencia Cathedral.
    On 5 August 1388, Catherine announced that she entered into the marriage freely and fully accepted the treaty.
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  • 1386
    England and Portugal entered into an alliance against Castile in 1386 and solidified their ties through the marriage of King John I and Catherine's half-sister, Philippa.
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    In 1386, Catherine joined her parents in an expedition to Castile to claim the throne.
  • 1373
    She was born in Hertford Castle, her father's chief country home, on 31 March 1373.
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