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Biography of Catherine of Aragon


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Catherine of Aragon. Queen of England. Born in 1485, daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. Married first Arthur, Prince of Wales, and subsequently his brother afterwards, Henry VIII. She was beautiful and virtuous, yet the king in 1527 sought a divorce on the ground that the marriage was uncanonical. After much temporizing on the part of the Pope, the marriage was in 1533 pronounced invalid by Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, and his sentence was ratified by act of parliament. Catherine spent the rest of her life in Kimbolton Castle. Died 1536.