Throughout my life I am constantly reading about the history of women, their position in society, and the struggle for power. The more I read about them as the background rulers in a particularly male world, the more inspiration I find, the more I identify myself.
The last in the series (from the Book of Wars of the Cousins, ie War of the Roses) is Catherine of Aragon – the first woman of King Henry VIII, daughter of Isabelle Castillas and Ferdinand Aragon, who for the first time united Spain, and the mother of the Scottish Queen, Bloody Mary.
Her rise to english throne starts as a wife of older brother of Henry VIII. Catherine was three years old when she was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the English throne. They married in 1501, but Arthur died five months later and she married Henry the VIII who later will separate from Vatican church and establich English Church in order to gain Ann Boleyn.
In 1507, Catherine of Aragon held the position of ambassador of the Aragonese Crown in England, the first female ambassador in European history!
Her and Henry’s daughter, was the future Mary I of England.
Regardless of her warlike spirit, she was not Henrik’s true love…
Weltschemerzer mit Sehnsucht. Travel is my catharsis.
I am fond of historical story….As a lady I always admire the those ladies like Cathorine of Aragon.
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Wow nice article, I love this story, interesting and fun to read. I would like to heard more story like this
I think it’s pretty cool that you are reading about the history of women, their position in society, and the struggle for power. I was born and raised in the Philippines. Prior to the Spanish invasion, the Philippines was matriarchal. Tribes were ruled by powerful women and priestesses.
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