Birth: 18 February 1516, Greenwich Palace Father: Henry VIII Mother: Katherine of Aragon Accession: 19 July 1553 Coronation: 1 October 1553 Husband: Philip II of Spain (m. 25 July 1554) Preceded by: Edward VI Succeeded by: Elizabeth I "The Pearl of the Realm" In history, Mary Tudor is best known as "Bloody Mary." She was so much more than what history painted her to be as a ruler. If we go back to the beginning of her life we'll be able to get a bette [More]
Guest Article By P. Deegan The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn Part 2: Marriage ? Triumph to failure (Find Part 1 Here) Following the official meeting with the French king in autumn of 1532, Henry and Anne went through a secret marriage, it is thought, on 25 January 1533. She was pregnant at the time as Elizabeth was born in September.? The marriage may sound bigamous in that as far as everyone else in England and Europe were aware, Henry was still married to Katherine. No [More]
Guest Article By P. Deegan Part 1: The Rise - Mainly Katherine vs Anne This article was going to be about the downfall of Anne Boleyn. However I believe her downfall must be seen within the context of their whole relationship so this article now covers her rise as well as her fall. There is a certain amount of personal speculation within this but it is written as an internet article so I feel I can have a little leeway in the composition. Part One covers the first 7-8 years [More]
I know I am not the only one who stares at portraits and compares them to find similar facial features. Someone suggested a side by side of their portraits to see which parent each child looks most like. I did my best to find images that looked similar. Please weigh in - in the comment section below! Hope you enjoy!
Infanta Katherine of Aragon Birth: 15/16 December 1485, Palace of Bishop of Toledo Parents: Ferdinand II of Aragon & Isabella l of Castile Katherine of Aragon was named after her great-grandmother, Katherine of Lancaster - daughter of John of Gaunt and his second wife, Infanta Constance of Castile. Henry VII also descended from John of Gaunt and his third wife. John of Gaunt was son of Edward III. Technically speaking, Katherine of Aragon had a stronger claim [More]
Wife #1: Catherine of Aragon Marriage Status: Divorced Parents: Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile Born: 16 December 1485 Marriage: King Henry VIII: 11 June 1509 Marriage Dissolved: 1533 Death: 7 January 1536 Surviving Children: Mary I of England "In this world I will confess myself to be the king’s true wife, and in the next they will know how unreasonably I am afflicted." - Catherine of Aragon, 1532 (courtes [More]