Catherine (Aragón) of Aragón
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Catherine (Aragón) of Aragón (1485 - 1536)

Catherine "Queen of England" of Aragón formerly Aragón
Born in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Madrid, Spainmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 14 Nov 1501 in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Englandmap
Wife of — married 11 Jun 1509 (to 23 May 1533) in Grey Friars Church, Greenwich, Kent, Englandmap
Died at age 50 in Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Jun 2012 | Last significant change: 2 Jun 2022
19:27: Laura DeSpain edited the Current Last Name and Other Last Name(s) for Catherine (Aragón) of Aragón (1485-1536). (Edited to reflect proper naming convention) [Thank Laura for this]
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Although she had a stronger claim to the English throne than Henry VII himself,[1] Queen Catherine's impression on people, was such that even her enemy, Thomas Cromwell, said of her If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History.[2]

She successfully appealed for the lives of the rebels involved in the Evil May Day for the sake of their families. Furthermore, Queen Catherine garnered widespread admiration by starting an extensive program for the relief of the poor.[3] She was also a patron of Renaissance humanism, and a friend of the great scholars Erasmus of Rotterdam and Saint Thomas More.


English: Catherine of Aragon
Castilian: Catalina de Aragón
Aragonese: Catarina d'Aragón
b.16 Dec 1485 Archbishop's Palace in Alcalá de Henares near Madrid (at night)
bur. Peterborough Cathedral[4]
Buried at Peterborough Cathedral, Northamptonshire


1501: Princess of Wales
1507: Ambassador[5]
1509: Queen of England

Early Life

Great-great-grandmother: Philippa of Lancaster
Great-grandmother: Catherine of Lancaster[6][7]
p. Queen Isabella I of Castilla and King Fernando II[8]


m.1 1501 Arthur, Prince of Wales (20 Sep 1486 – 02 Apr 1502). No issue.
m.2 1509 Henry VIII. Annulled 23 May 1533.[9]

At the start of Catherine’s reign, her Ladies in Waiting included:

  • Elizabeth Stafford, sister of the Duke of Buckingham, recently married to Robert Radcliffe, Lord Fitzwalter (later Earl of Sussex);
  • Anne Stafford, sister of the Duke of Buckingham, a widow, recently married to Sir George Hastings, heir to the Earl of Huntingdon; was to become Henry VIII’s mistress
  • Margaret Scrope, wife of Edmund de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, in the Tower since 1506 because of his Yorkist connection (the Earl of Suffolk was executed 1513);
  • Elizabeth Scrope, second wife of John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, Lord Admiral*;
  • Agnes Tilney, Countess of Surrey, married to Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey (later Duke of Norfolk), Treasurer*;
  • Anne Hastings, daughter of Sir William Hastings, married to George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Steward*;
  • Mary Say, Lady Essex, married to Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex, Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners*;
  • Anne, sister of Sir George Hastings, married to Thomas Stanley, Earl of Derby.


  1. Wikipedia: Catherine of Aragón
  2. Chapuys, Eustace (Imperial Ambassador) (1533). Calendar of State Papers, Spanish IV (p737)
  3. Deutscher & Bietenholz, p. 283
  4. User ID: 2B40AD1E4FF1D711873600C09F01FA1B907A. Royal Genealogies Part 19. Aragon-83 on Sep 16, 2011 by Theresa Reynolds.
  5. First female ambassador in European history.
  6. Catherine was named after her great-grandmother
  7. Catherine's 3rd cousin was her father-in-law, Henry VII. Her 4th cousin was her mother-in-law Elizabeth of York. As such, Catherine actually had a stronger claim to the English throne then Henry VIII.
  8. Youngest surviving child of seven
  9. Grounds: Levitical law. As wife of Henry VIII's brother, marriage was uncanonical and incestuous; Wikipedia: May 23
  10. Mary was born with congenital syphilis. See: Ashley, Mike (2008). A Brief History of British Kings and Queens. Philadelphia: Running Press Book Publishers. Print.

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Around 2001 or 2002 The Ghetty in Los Angeles, California housed the House of Aragon exhibit. AMAZING wealth, grand, luxury finest dining wares, etc. There was also a giant maybe 20ft tall tapestry of their family tree of their faces, all woven. No photography was allowed but it was spectacular to see a family tree designed like that. Anyway, it was fun to see, including the jewelry which was a beetle of some type.
posted by T.C. Justine Baker
There wasn't a lot of consistency in name spelling in those days, but is well-documented that she spelled her first name beginning with a K: Katherine, Katharine, Katharina--when signing letters to others, and that others did the same when writing to her, although they sometimes used other variants. Not sure exactly how to connect a source to this, as all you have to do is search google images to see her signed documents for proof. Granted handwriting then bears little resemblance to today's, so the script is a little hard to read, but you can pretty well tell the difference between a C and a K. For some reason the C error became accepted at some point and persists today in spite of modern scholarship seeming to be in agreement that it's not the correct of her name in English.
posted by Jennie Stein
documentary, some of this maybe of use to each of the wives and their children who are mentioned in this. there is also a painting shown of some of them. possibly a screen shot then cropping of each pic would be of use for some of those mentioned on their individual profiles.

documentary - Edward VI - The Boy King (British Monarchy Documentary) | Timeline,

posted by Arora (G) Anonymous
This is picky and may be impossible to fix — I've played "find the pea" with name fields to get them to display as I want w/o luck — but "of Aragón" in the sub-hed LF because it mixes Spanish with English, and it also LF for her sibs in the sib links, whom I doubt all used English names as she did. "John" for example should probably be changed to "Juan de" to display properly.

Per Wikipedia (I know, I know), her first name is Catalina in Spanish. There may be a way to double the aka to read:

aka Catherine of Aragon aka Catalina de Aragón

The 2= hed under the TC should also be changed to Catherine of Aragon, & while you have the edit tab open, you could change the comma before fn [1] to a full stop.

Thanks much.

posted by Deborah Shaw