Katharine of Aragon: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's First Unfortunate Wife

Katharine of Aragon: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's First Unfortunate Wife

By: Patrick Williams (author)Hardback

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Katharine of Aragon was a central figure in one of the most dramatic and formative events of Tudor history - England's breach with Rome after a thousand years of fidelity. She lived through traumatic and revolutionary times and her personal drama was played out against dramas of European significance. The heroic and dignified first wife of Henry VIII, Katharine was cast aside for reasons of dynastic ambition but resolutely and unbendingly stuck to her principles and her dignity at enormous cost to herself. Katharine's story tells so much about the exercise of power, and about being married to a lover who became slowly but perceptibly a tyrant in public life and a monster in his private affairs. Professor Patrick Williams has been immersed in Spanish history for over forty years and his monumental new biography is the first to make full use of the Spanish royal archives; he presents a very new portrait of Katharine, most notably in establishing that her marriage to Prince Arthur, elder brother of Henry VIII, was never consummated. This biography thus forces a radical reappraisal of Henry VIII, his marriages and his reign - and of the origins of the Reformation in England.

About Author

Patrick Williams is Emeritus Professor of Spanish History at the University of Portsmouth. He has written extensively on Spanish history and his other books include ARMADA ('Absorbing, intelligent... an original, wide-ranging narrative' BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE) and PHILIP II ('Up-to-date and sound' GEOFFREY PARKER, author of THE SPANISH ARMADA). He lives in Southsea.


Prologue: The Children of Ferdinand & Isabella, 1 A New Europe, A New World, 2 The Realms of England & of Spain: The Marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales & Catherine of Aragon, 3 Princess of England & a Widowed Virgin? 4 The Court of King Hal: The Years of Joy & of Hope - & of Rivalry with Francis I & Charles V, 5 The Butcher's Son: Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York, Cardinal of Rome & Lord Chancellor of England, 6 'Between the Hammer & the Anvil': The Reformation & the Break-up of Christian Europe, 7 Infertility & the Biblical Curses, 8 The King's Mistresses, 9 The Breach with Rome: Thomas Cromwell & the 'First Anglican Settlement', 10 Divorce & Abandonment, 11 The New Queen & the New Princess, 12 Death & Legacy, Notes, Bibliography, List of Illustrations, Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848683259
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9781848683259
  • weight: 857
  • ISBN10: 1848683251

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