Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII's True Wife

Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII's True Wife

by Amy Licence


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Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII's True Wife by Amy Licence

Catherine of Aragon continues to fascinate readers 500 years after she became Henry VIII's first queen. Her life was one of passion and determination, of suffering and hope, but ultimately it is a tragic love story, as circumstances conspired against her. Having lost her first husband, Henry's elder brother Prince Arthur, she endured years of ill health and penury, to make a dazzling second match in Henry VIII. There is no doubt that she was Henry's true love, compatible with him in every respect and, for years, she presided over a majestic court as the personification of his ideal woman.However, Catherine’s body failed her in an age when fertility was a prerequisite of political stability. When it became clear that she could no longer bear children, the king’s attention turned elsewhere, and his once chivalric devotion became resentment. Catherine’s final years were spent in lonely isolation but she never gave up her vision: she was devoted to her faith, her husband and to England, to the extent that she was prepared to be martyred for them. Banished and close to death, she wrote a final letter to her ‘most dear lord and husband’. ‘I pardon you everything... mine eyes desire you above all things.’ The fidelity of this remarkable woman never wavered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445656786
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 664,438
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Amy Licence has been a teacher for over a decade. She has an MA in Medieval and Tudor Studies and has published several scholarly articles on the Tudor dynasty and Richard III. Her books include Cecily Neville ('This insight is so rare and so valuable’ PHILIPPA GREGORY), In Bed With the Tudors ('A fascinating book examining the sex lives of the Tudors in unprecedented detail' THE DAILY EXPRESS), and Living In Squares, Loving In Triangles: The Lives and Loves of Viginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. Amy has written for THE GUARDIAN, TLS, BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE and appeared on BBC radio and television. She lives in Canterbury with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Prologue 5

Part 1 A Daughter of Spain, 1447-1501 9

1 Catherine's Roots, 1447-1453 11

2 Isabella of Castile, 1454-1485 19

3 Childhood, 1485-1492 35

4 Negotiations, 1489-1499 55

Part 2 Arthur, 1501-1502 79

5 First Impressions, 1501 81

6 The Wedding, November 1501 107

7 Man and Wife? 1501 123

Part 3 The Widow, 1502-1509 139

8 Aftermath, 1502-1504 141

9 Potential Spouses, 1505-1507 161

10 Solace in the Church, 1507-1509 171

Part 4 The Honeymooners, 1509-1513 191

11 Wife and Queen, 1509 193

12 Queen of Hearts, 1509-1511 209

13 The Ferdinand and Isabella of England, 1511-1513 229

14 Maternity, 1514-1516 245

Part 5 European Queen, 1517-1524 261

15 Extremes, 1517-1519 263

16 Goldenness, 1519-1524 283

17 A Queen's Identity, 1521-1525 301

Part 6 Things Fall Apart, 1525-1529 319

18 The Rival, 1525-1526 321

19 Queen on Trial, 1527-1528 337

20 The Blackfriars Court, 1528-1529 359

21 Exits and Arrivals, 1529 383

Part 7 The Martyr, 1530-1536 401

22 Abandonment, 1530-1531 403

23 The Spanish Inquiry, 1531-1532 427

24 The New Queen, 1532-1533 441

25 Dark Days, 1534-1536 465

Notes 503

Acknowledgements 519

Bibliography 521

About the Author 526

Index 527

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