Catherine of Aragon (also spelt as Katherine, Spanish: Catalina; 16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) was Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII from their marriage on 11 June 1509 until their annulment on 23 May 1533.
Apr 12, 2023 · Catherine of Aragon, (born December 16, 1485, Alcalá de Henares, Spain—died January 7, 1536, Kimbolton, Huntingdon, England), first wife of King Henry VIII of England (reigned 1509–47). The refusal of Pope Clement VII to annul Henry’s marriage to Catherine triggered the break between Henry and Rome and led to the English Reformation.
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Apr 2, 2014 · Catherine of Aragon was the daughter of Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella. She married Henry VIII but did not give birth to a male heir. Catherine refused to annul her...
Apr 14, 2020 · Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536 CE) was a Spanish princess who famously became the Queen of England and the first wife of Henry VIII of England (r. 1509-1547 CE). When the marriage did not produce a male heir, Henry VIII became desperate to divorce Catherine and find another wife.
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- Background, Family of Catherine of Aragon. Both of Catherine's parents were part of the Trastámara dynasty. Mother: Isabella I of Castile (1451–1504) Father: Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516)
- Marriage, Children. husband: Arthur, Prince of Wales (betrothed in 1489, married 1501; Arthur died 1502) no children; Catherine asserted consistently at the end of her marriage that the marriage had not been consummated.
- Physical Description. Often in fiction or depictions of history, Catherine of Aragon is depicted with dark hair and brown eyes, presumably because she was Spanish.
- Ambassador. After Arthur's death and before her marriage to Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon served as ambassador to the English court, representing the Spanish court, thereby becoming the first woman to be a European ambassador.
Catherine of Aragon was Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII from their marriage on 11 June 1509 until their annulment on 23 May 1533. See below for a timeline of her life: To learn more, click here for our comprehensive guide to The Tudors.
Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), the first wife of Henry VIII (and a survivor of this union), is probably most famous for unsuspectingly bringing about the separation of the Catholic church from the state, religious reformation in England and eventually the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536.