Catherine of Aragon

By Wes Weems

Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536) was the daughter of the King and Queen of Spain, Fernando and Isabella. Catherine was originally betrothed and married to Arthur Tudor, the older brother of Henry VIII, who died only four months after their marriage. It was later agreed that she would be allowed to marry Henry who, after the death of Arthur, now found himself heir to the throne of England. Catherine became Henry's first of six wives. She gave birth to Mary Tudor, the half sister of Elizabeth I, who went on to become Queen of England. Henry became infatuated with Anne Boleyn, that combined with his desire for a male heir, whom Catherine had not been able to provide for him, caused Henry to begin a long and tiring process of ending his marriage to Catherine. In 1533 Catherine's marriage to Henry was annulled and Henry married Anne Boleyn.