Welcome to another Nomination Wednesday post, where we take a look on the people who have inspired everyone around the world.
This week’s nomination goes to Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII.
About Catherine of Aragon
Catherine, the youngest daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castille, was born in Madrid, Spain in 1485. At the age of five, she was bothered to Arthur, Heir to the Throne of England. At sixteen, Catherine and Arthur were married. However five months later, Arthur died of tuberculous. Seven years later, Catherine married Arthur’s younger brother, the newly crowned Henry VIII.
For a while, her marriage to Henry was a happy one. However, Catherine was unable to provide Henry with a son. Only a daughter, who was the future Mary I. The marriage came crashing down when Henry became attracted to one of Catherine’s ladies-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn.
Henry’s liaison with Anne changed English History, when he broke with the Catholic church when the Pope refused him an annulment from Henry’s marriage to Catherine.
Catherine was sent away and for the rest of her life, Catherine lived in exile in The More and Kimbolton Castles. Catherine died in 1536 and was buried in Peterborough Cathedral.
Why Did I Nominate Catherine of Aragon?
Although she is a tragic figure, Catherine had a strong nature. Living with an unfaithful, then turned selfish King, having great pride for her people, and country, Catherine is a prefect example of being the independent, brave and daring woman. She fought for her rights, she fought for the safety, and protection of others and finally, she fought for her life. Catherine was a leader who had a mind of her own, but sadly lost for the time she lived in wasn’t on her side.
Catherine has taught me what love should be scarified and protected for – especially if you have been hurt and thrown away by the people, who you thought they would be with you for the rest of your life. Her courage and battles have inspired to move on, work and fight, until I achieve my goals. Also her life has shown that in times of struggle, your voice can stand out (even in the tiniest detail). She’s one of England’s first Queens who won the public’s hearts and she certainly won’t be the last. 😉