January 7th 1536: Catherine of Aragon dies


Catherine of Aragon (1485 – 1536)


On this day in 1536, Catherine of Aragon died aged 50. Catherine was the first wife of King Henry VIII and was Queen of England from 1509 until 1533. A noble in her own right, Catherine was the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. Her marriage to Henry ended in 1533 when it was annulled. Henry was disappointed that Catherine had given him no male heir and wished to marry his mistress Anne Boleyn instead. The Catholic Church would not allow this, and so Henry split England from the Church and established the Church of England. After the end of her marriage to the King, Catherine lived at Kimbolton Castle, where she died in 1536.



King Henry VIII (1491 – 1547)


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