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

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Amberley Publishing Limited, Oct 15, 2016 - History - 560 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Prologue
A Daughter of Spain 14471501
Catherines Roots 14471453
Isabella of Castile 14541485
Childhood 14851492
Negotiations 14891499
Arthur 15011502
Wife and Queen 1509
The Ferdinand and Isabella of England 15111513
Maternity 15141516
European Queen 15171524
Extremes 15171519
Goldenness 15191524
The Rival 15251526
Queen on Trial 15271528

First Impressions 1501
The Wedding November 1501
Man and Wife? 1501
The Widow 15021509
Aftermath 15021504
Potential Spouses 15051507
Solace in the Church 15071509
The Honeymooners 15091513
The Blackfriars Court 15281529
Exits and Arrivals 1529
Abandonment 15301531
The Spanish Inquiry 15311532
The New Queen 15321533
Dark Days 15341536
Picture Section
Acknowledgements

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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 three children.

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