1. Catalina Monti di Oro

    Katharine of Aragon did not get divorced from Henry the Eight. Pope Clement the Seventh in 1534, pronounced the marriage valid. Now, of coarse, it seemed as if Anne Boleyn won but in the long run, she did not win. Even though during Mary the First reign, there were three rebellions, one in 1554, one in 1556 and one in 1557, she was the acknowleged Queen and none tried to assinate her. Whereas, there were few really that could accept Elizabeth. There would always be plots to dethrone her.

    • Shakespeare’s version of her story seems to stress the fact that Henry wanted a male heir, unable to get one from Katharine, he sought to have their marriage annulled. I always felt that decision showed true affection from Henry to Katharine, particularly given his propensity to kill off his wives when they had served their purpose, or got in the way.

  2. Shirley

    I do not consider Catherine of Aragon a “medieval queen”. Historically, she is referred to as one of the first queens of the Renaissance period. I’ve compared Shakespeare’s rendition of her famous Black friar speech and the historical eyewitness accounts. Shakespeare was accurate.

    • I think it’s incredible that Henry VIII responded to her in kind. This event must have made a great impression on the collective consciousness for Shakespeare to feel it necessary to stick so closely to the historical fact in representing her speech.

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