Catherine of Aragon

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• A major new biography of Catherine of Aragon by an acknowledged expert of Spanish and Tudor history.

• Author’s last Tudor book ARMADA very well received: ‘Absorbing, intelligent… an original, wide-ranging narrative’ BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE.

• Amazingly, the first biography ever to make use of records in the Spanish royal archives.

Catherine of Aragon was a central figure in one of the most dramatic and formative events of Tudor history – England’s breach with Rome after a thousand years of fidelity. She lived ...

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Overview

• A major new biography of Catherine of Aragon by an acknowledged expert of Spanish and Tudor history.

• Author’s last Tudor book ARMADA very well received: ‘Absorbing, intelligent… an original, wide-ranging narrative’ BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE.

• Amazingly, the first biography ever to make use of records in the Spanish royal archives.

Catherine of Aragon was a central figure in one of the most dramatic and formative events of Tudor history – England’s breach with Rome after a thousand years of fidelity. She lived through traumatic and revolutionary times and her personal drama was played out against dramas of global significance. The heroic and dignified first wife of Henry VIII who was cast aside for reasons of dynastic ambition, but who resolutely and unbendingly stuck to her principles and her dignity at enormous cost to herself.

Catherine’s story tells so much about the exercise of power, and about being married to a lover who became – slowly but perceptibly – a tyrant in public life and a monster in his private affairs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848683259
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/2013
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 716,123
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Disappointed even though the work is exceptionally researched. I

    Disappointed even though the work is exceptionally researched. I was expecting more of a biography about Katherine herself since the title is 'Katherine of Aragon'. Mr. WIlliams also tackles the very difficult Gordian Knot of the validity of the marriage of Henry and Katherine. Many will not appreciate the research on the question of 'affinity' which lies as the platform on which Henry sought the 'annulment'. 
    Mr. Williams spends hundreds of pages setting up the European stage for us in which Katherine was little more than a pawn in the political games of greater powers. A more accurate title for this work would have been 'The European Stage of Katherine of Aragon.' Great history lesson if you don't mind the subtle anglophile bent.

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