Letter of Katharine of Aragon to her husband, King Henry VIII
"Henry VIII: I can bring a hundred learned men to prove that you are not my wife! Catherine of Aragon: Bring your hundred learned men! I can bring a thousand. Official portrait of Katherine of Aragon as Queen of England When Pope Clement VII refused to annul the marriage, Henry defied him by Quotes. Fast and accurate facts about the King Henry VIII Quotes. In respect of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon King Henry VIII stated that the lack of an heir was.
Sir, I beseech you for all the love that hath been between us, and for the love of God, let me have justice and right. Take of me some pity and compassion, for I am a poor woman, and a stranger, born out of your dominion. I have here no assured friend and much less indifferent counsel. I flee to you, as to the head of justice within this realm.
Alas, Sir, where have I offended you? Or what occasion have you of displeasure, that you intend to put me from you? I take God and all the world to witness that I have been to you a true, humble and obedient wife, ever comfortable to your will and pleasure. I have been always well pleased and contented with all things wherein you had any delight or dalliance.
I never grudged a word or countenance, or showed a spark or discontent. I loved all those whom ye loved, only for your sake, whether I had cause or no, and whether they were my friends or enemies. This 20 years or more I have been your true wife and by me ye have had divers children, although it hath pleased God to call them from this world, which hath been no default in me.
And when ye had me at first, I take God to my judge; I was a true maid, without touch of man. Catherine aged either 14 or 15, painted while she was still in Spain by Michael Sittow. For my part, I pardon you everything, and I wish to devoutly pray God that He will pardon you also.
For the rest, I commend unto you our daughter Mary, beseeching you to be a good father unto her, as I have heretofore desired. I entreat you also, on behalf of my maids, to give them marriage portions, which is not much, they being but three. For all my other servants I solicit the wages due them, and a year more, lest they be unprovided for. Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things.
Mary I was not mentioned at all. On 7th SeptemberAnne gave birth to a healthy child. This heir is exactly what was wanted, apart from one terrible error. The baby, Elizabeth, was a girl and not the son for which Henry had risked everything. More Acts were passed setting out the reformation, the Act of Supremacy appointed the King as Supreme Head of the Church of England, and the Act of Obedience made any attribution of power to the Pope treason.
In JanuaryAnne Boleyn was pregnant again. In a jousting event, Henry had an accident and fell badly. Anne Boleyn was not there, but was badly shocked when told. This was the third pregnancy for Anne.
Her chief prosecutor and interrogator was her Uncle, the Duke of Norfolk.
Letter of Katharine of Aragon to her husband, King Henry VIII 7 January 1536
Anne was accused of adultery with numerous gentlemen at the Court, and of incest with her brother. She was buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. After the execution, the 2 year old Princess Elizabeth joined her sister Mary in a state of legally-proclaimed bastardy. She spoke very little, and when she did she was extremely meek, submissive and calm. After the exciting and rollercoaster relationship with Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII appears to have been attracted to a woman who was frankly seen as pretty dull.
The relationship appears to have started in about February Like Anne Boleyn, Jane was from a good but not top-notch aristocratic family.
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Jane soon became pregnant, and on the 12th Octobergave birth to a healthy son, named Edward. After a long and difficult labour, Jane appeared to be recovering, but then became infected with childbed fever, and died late on the 24th October.
It appears that Henry was absent. With the reformation in full swing in England, fiercely Catholic princesses could not be considered, nor would they consider Henry. The Duke had 2 unmarried younger sisters, Anne and Amelia.
Anne was 25 when the marriage took place, and Henry was nearly The famous portrait of Anne of Cleves was painted by Hans Holbein, in order that Henry could see what she looked like before they married.
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Anne was not well educated. She came from a suitably non Catholic country, but could only speak and understand her own language, a type of German, and could not speak English, French or even Latin.
His type of humiliation set him against her from the beginning. In addition, he decided that she was unattractive and unsuitable. However, in terms of arranged royal marriages it was impossible for him to reject her now. By early JulyHenry was already talking about divorce. Anne of Cleves was distinctly upset by this, but was wise enough to realise that opposing the King in such matters was bad for her health.
She was to be considered an honoured member of the royal court.
Catherine was one of the younger children of Edmund Howard, a younger son. There was not a great deal of money.Henry and Katherine-Wandering Eyes-Guy B
Edmund Howard married Jocasta Culpepper, who already had several children. She and Edmund Howard were married for about 15 years and had 10 more children.
No-one is sure exactly when Catherine Howard was born. The earliest possible date of birth is aboutand the latest about When she married Henry, therefore, she was almost certainly aged between about 14 and Catherine spent a lot of her childhood in the household of her step grandmother, the powerful Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.
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She formed a relationship as a very young teenager with a music master, but this relationship does not appear to have been consummated. Later, she formed another relationship with Francis Dereham, also a member of the Howard clan and a gentleman.
It appears very likely that they had a sexual relationship when Catherine was about 13 or Copyright Viki Male St. Peter ad Vincula chapel in the Tower of London. This is the burial place of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Catherine appears to have had red hair, pale skin, and dark eyes.
Henry was besotted with Catherine.
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The Court arrived after the progress at Hampton Court at the end of October. Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had received allegations against Catherine, and told the King.
Henry did not believe a single one of the allegations. He then left secretly for London and never saw Catherine again. On 7th November, the Archbishop Cranmer arrested and interrogated Catherine, who appears to have fallen apart when confronted with the evidence. She made a full written confession, and begged for the King's Mercy. A more dangerous allegation then came about. Catherine had been unwise enough to appoint Francis Dereham to her household, and the Council suspected the love affair might have continued after she married Henry.
Dereham was tortured, but did not admit it, although he did go on to say that Thomas Culpepper and Catherine Howard had formed a relationship.
Thomas Culpepper was arrested the following day. He was taken to the Tower and tortured. Catherine actually wrote to him, a letter which survived and was used against her, in which she said, I have never longed for so much for a thing as I do to see you and speak with you, the which I trust shall be shortly now … it makes my heart to die to think what fortune I have that I cannot always be in your company …Yours as long as life endures, Catherine.
Catherine and Culpepper both admitted to meeting secretly late at night on the northern progress.