Nomination Wednesday – Tudor’s Queen of Hearts

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. 😉

Nomination Wednesday – The First Woman, who Wrote and Published a Novel, in Her Own Name

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 Katheryn Parr, the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII.

About Katheryn Parr  

Now, there maybe some who know the history of Katheryn but there are some who don’t. So instead of writing a brief history of her, I’ll place a link below on an article I recently written about Katheryn when I attended on a lecture, featuring Philippa Gregory:

Why Did I Nominate Katheryn Parr?

I nominated Katheryn Parr because of her bravery, enthusiasm, creativity and intelligence during her lifetime; up to the death of Henry VIII.

She was extremely wise, keeping her head in line as well as her families. Katheryn was the only Queen to reunite all Henry’s three children and include them in the Line of Succession. Also, she proved to the King’s subjects (at the time) that a woman can rule – Katheryn even inspired the future Elizabeth I.

Katheryn also taught herself how to fully read and learn Latin.

She was one of the first modern women to become an equal to men and to become a published author, in her own right. Now, if it’s amazing, I don’t know what is.

Henry VIII: New Twist to a Reigning Monarch

Who has heard of the Nursery Rhyme, “Oranges and Lemons”? I have. However, what I’m interested in is the song’s roots; where did it come from? We don’t know but there is a theory that it could be about Henry VIII’s marriage problems.

At the moment, I’m watching a BBC Drama called “Wolf Hall” (which finishes tonight). For those who haven’t see the series, “Wolf Hall” is about the life of Thomas Cromwell, during his time in Henry’s court. The series is based on Hilary Mantel’s novel of the same name and the squeal “Bring Up The Bodies”.

I’ve never read the books myself but oh my goodness, the series is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I consider myself as a ‘history geek’; I especially love the Tudor reign – Henry’s Six Wives, Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen, you name it. In the last month, I would talk about certain facts I know, or clarify what each character says, right in the middle of the episodes. I over talk too much and sometimes miss the important bits. (How very stupid of me.)

Any-who, that’s me. Now onto Henry. For the last few years, historians have been re-looking into his life. Although he has been labelled as a ‘tyrant’, some argue that he wasn’t like that until early 1536. It was at this time that Henry was involved in a jousting accident. In a statement from Eustace Chapuys, he describes the accident in pure detail:

“On the eve of the Conversion of St. Paul, the King being mounted on a great horse to run at the lists, both fell so heavily that every one thought it a miracle he was not killed, but he sustained no injury. Thinks he might ask of fortune for what greater misfortune he is reserved, like the other tyrant who escaped from the fall of the house, in which all the rest were smothered, and soon after died.”

Henry’s horse did fall onto of the king, though. This accident left him unconscious for two – three hours. And as a result, Anne Boleyn miscarried her last child, a son. That’s how the ‘tyrant’ was born. But did his cruelly come before that?

In the Wolf Hall series and in real life, Henry divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon to get into Anne’s bed and make her queen. It was a success. Then while Anne was pregnant for a third time, Henry was led astray by beginning a courtship with Jane Seymour (with help from Cromwell’s help).
So was Henry a cruel king? Did it all change after the accident? Or did he copy his temper through Anne Boleyn? I’ll leave you guys to decide on this subject.

Note: Last episode of Wolf Hall is at 9pm on Wednesday 25th February 2015 (Tonight) on BBC Two or you can watch the series on BBC iPlayer.