The fate of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of Henry VII who was famous for having six wives. The fates of the six wives are told by a rhyme : Divorced Beheaded Died, Divorced Beheaded Survived

Now going back to Catherine of Aragon who was initially arranged to marry Henrys older brother Arthur, we find that Arthur passed away soon after marriage therefore leaving Catherine of Aragon as a young widow. Henry began following in love with Catherine and much to his fathers disapproval. After the death of his father, at age 18, he married Catherine of Aragon who was 23 years old at the time. They were madly in love and the only thing the new queen wanted was respect for her self as queen and also an heir to the throne.

Catherine of-course got pregnant and during her first pregnancy had a problem where by the doctor insisted that it was ok and a possible twin may have died. In fact it turned out despite going into confinement, there was no baby and she had an infection.

She did of-course get pregnant again with a baby boy being delivered however, the baby named Henry died 7 weeks after birth due to illness. Henry was staring to get agitated… Catherine did give birth again to a daughter named Mary however it was not the boy that Henry wanted. Because Catherine did not give birth to a living boy, and Henry was infatuated with Anne Boleyn, Henry attempted to annul the marriage to which the pope declined. Henry saw him self as superior even over religious affairs and in 1533 the marriage was declared invalid.

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