Katherine of Aragon: a woman of principle, but would pragmatism have served her better?
On this day 16th December, 1485 was born Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536) she was the first wife of Henry VIII. At the age of three Catherine was betrothed to Prince Arthur, heir to the English throne, and they married in 1501 but Arthur died five months later, Catherine then married Arthur's brother Henry VIII. She bore him six children but only one survived Mary I and Henry divorced her against the Pop's wishes in pursuit of a male heir
The Portrait Formerly Known as Catherine Parr ... now identified as Catherine of Aragon.
The Pole's were the last Plantagenet line, and had a good claim to the throne - which meant they had to die - this sad continuation of the 15th century wars of the roses well into Henry's reign.
Catherine of Aragon was born in 1485 & died in1536 at the age of 50. Her father was Ferdinand ll of Aragon and her mother was Isabella of Castile.
(1617) Henry VII Tudor
Lady Jane Grey (1536/1537 – 12 February 1554), also known as the Nine Days Queen. She ruled England from 10 July until 19 July 1553 until Queen Mary I rightfully took the throne. Although she never had any ambition for the throne and was a victim of powerful lords, she was still executed at the Tower of London.