Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon
aliases
Catalina de Aragón y Castilla, Katherine, Katharine
Catherine of Aragon (16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) was Princess of Wales as the wife of Arthur, Prince of Wales, and Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England. For six months, she served as regent of England while Henry VIII was in France. During that time the English won the Battle of Flodden, an event Catherine played an important part in. The controversial book The Education of Christian Women by Juan Luis Vives, which claimed women have the right to an education, was dedicated to and commissioned by her.

Henry VIII's attempt to have their 24-year marriage annulled set in motion a chain of events that led to England's break with the Church of Rome. Henry was dissatisfied because their sons had died in infancy and others were stillborn, 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, although there was no Salic law in England. When Pope Clement VII…more

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