Katherine of Aragon – Virginal Bride or Sullied Sister-in-law?
What Sayest Thou?
Katherine of Aragon was famously known as Henry VIII’s first wife whom he divorced to marry Anne Boleyn. Katherine had been married to Arthur’s older brother for six months before he tragically died. She was then betrothed to Henry who married her when he became King at 18. She was six years older.
She and Henry were married for over 20 years, but she was unable to give Henry a living son. Henry wanted a divorce claiming he should never have married his brother’s wife. That it was a sin and God had cursed his marriage with no children.
Katherine claimed she had never consummated her marriage to Arthur and that she was Henry’s true wife. Henry didn’t believe her. Katherine and Arthur had spent many months together alone at Ludlow Castle before his death. Only she and Arthur know what really happened in their marriage.
Does Katherine speak the truth…or does Henry have a point? And what did it matter when Henry and Katherine had the papal dispensation from the pope allowing them to marry, even if Katherine had consummated her first marriage?
What do you think?