Catherine of Aragon

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• A major new biography of Catherine of Aragon by an acknowledged expert of Spanish and Tudor history.
• Professor Williams has found convincing proof in the Spanish archives that Catherine did not consummate her first marriage to Henry VIII's elder brother, Prince Arthur. This turns Tudor history on its head and means it was unnecessary for Henry to have sought a divorce from Catherine in order to marry Anne Boleyn.
• Author's last Tudor book ARMADA was very well received: ...

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Overview

• A major new biography of Catherine of Aragon by an acknowledged expert of Spanish and Tudor history.
• Professor Williams has found convincing proof in the Spanish archives that Catherine did not consummate her first marriage to Henry VIII's elder brother, Prince Arthur. This turns Tudor history on its head and means it was unnecessary for Henry to have sought a divorce from Catherine in order to marry Anne Boleyn.
• Author's last Tudor book ARMADA was 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: 8/19/2013
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 789,660
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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