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Post  Mira W. on Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:19 pm

Catherine of Aragon: "Queen of England", not "First Wife of Henry VIII". While both titles are true, the second one is more commonly used. Anyone else thinking the word discrimination? She was labeled based on her "ability to produce a healthy male heir", even though it was later found out that it wasn't her; it was Henry. Taking focus off Henry's first wife, and putting it on Catherin of Aragon, Queen of England, you begin to see her in a different light.

Catherine had been an admirable women, standing as a loyal companion to Henry while he had several mistresses, (one, Mary Boleyn, had not only been one of Catherine's ladies in waiting, but had also been the sister of Henry's next wife) and had certainly been a capable ruler. Growing up watching her parents deal with diplomatic and militaristic problems had benefited Catherine, as it became evident when she had acted as Spanish ambassador for England when Henry was away. She often oversaw business, ran estates, and even prevented a Scottish uprising independently. It is said that she supported the poor during times of need with clothes, food, and money.

These accomplishments made her an ideal queen, but next to that, she had been incredibly tough. When Catherine had been 13, one of her sisters died in childbirth. Still, she didn't let personal matters affect the future of her country as three years later, she went to marry Henry's older brother, Arthur. A few months later though, she was widowed. Imagine, being 16 in a foreign country where you don't speak the language, and your husband just died. Having experienced several deaths throughout her childhood, she could have been greatly traumatized, but she held on. A few years later she agreed to marrying Henry, knowing she was helping Spain and England remain in peace. Not a lot of people would be able to sacrifice so much, and still be a loving wife. Catherine of Aragon did it; and still, when she was divorced, she was died as Princess of Whales, not Queen of England. Five hundred years later, she continues to hold the title of Henry's 1st Wife, even though she was so much more than that.



Note the pomegranates thrown on her grave. She chose this badge because it represented her tough attitude (the shell) and her fertility (the fruit).
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Post  CicelyS on Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:56 pm

Catherine of Aragon was an admirable lady by the sound of it. It's a shame that the people didn't know that it was King Henry's fault about the difficulty to conceive a male. If they had known things would have gone very differently.
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Post  Vasilisa on Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:31 pm

It does show of how strong Catherine was. She put the a lot of things before her happiness. It sad that she got divorced and send back to spain. Everything she stand for didn't work and she just got humiliated.

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Post  Gloria H. on Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:47 pm

i could imagine the embarrassment for her, to go back to spain and people knowing that the king divorced her, she never had ably like he wanted to and anyways it was a forced marriage, she was probably happy

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Post  Joshua T on Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:12 pm

Catherine of Aragon was humiliated by Henry XIII. I could not believe how humiliated she felt when she was sent back to spain because Henry thought she was infertile and was getting old. Henry did what he thought was best for him.

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